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Inclusion Desk

The Inclusion Desk is a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

We wrap up our "Dialogue on Disability" with a conversation about employment access for all. With us to discuss: • Bill McDonald, executive director, Medical Motor Service • Dee Mascari, programs and services coordinator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter• Ruth Redmond, NMSS Program Participant • Sara Taylor, director of employment, Rochester Rehabilitation

Our series of shows on Dialogue on Disability continues with a look at the importance of staying active after a brain injury. 

The Panel:

Paul Akers of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc
Anita O'Brien of Rochester Rehabilitation

We start our week-long "Dialogue on Disability" with a look at integrated activities and the benefits they offer, especially for “typically developing” children. We’ll also look at early intervention programs with our guests:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to protect disabled New Yorkers has sued the state agency established to investigate abuse cases, alleging state officials are illegally denying access to information.

Disability Rights New York says the Justice Center established 18 months ago by the Cuomo administration has consistently refused full access to records and reports about the abuse of several individuals in state care. One of them died.

A local foundation is announcing a $1 million gift in support of a new University of Rochester building that will include an autism clinic. The grant comes from the William and Mildred Levine Foundation and it will support the building set to break ground next spring along East River Road in Brighton.

The first two floors of the building will be used for outpatient imaging.The third floor will house the William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic.

Remembering Will Katawazi

Dec 9, 2014

The parents of Will Katawazi say their son was full of adventure and he enjoyed his friends at CP Rochester, an integrated preschool for children with or without disabilities.

Al and Heather Katawazi lost their 5-year old son when he died suddenly last June, just three days before graduating from the preschool.

They thought a good way to honor Will would be to build an adaptive zip line for the children at CP Rochester.

The co-directors of Nazareth College’s Specialty Program in Autism have some new approaches to helping people.

Associate Professor Shanna Jamanis and Assistant Professor Dawn Vogler-Elias were guests Wednesday on Connections with Evan Dawson.

Among the practices Jamanis says are occurring, is how people will describe themselves as “living with autism,” rather than saying they are “autistic.”

Autism is often viewed as a limitation. As part of our Move to Include series, we look at new programs and efforts designed to help people with autism realize their potential – in work, school, and relationships. With us are Drs. Shanna Jamanis and Dawn Vogler-Elias, co-directors of the Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazareth College, and William Evans, an autistic student at Canisius College.

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