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Move To Include

MOVE TO INCLUDE is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. 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.

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11:35 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Approaches To Autism

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.”

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4:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Connections: Autism is Not a Limitation

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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1:08 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Data On "Health Communities" Effort To Help Those With Intellectual Disabilities

Credit Special Olympics/Golisano Foundation

Special Olympics has released data which  officials say shows that the Healthy Communities initiative has narrowed the health care gap for people with intellectual disabilities.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Local Spice Blend To Support Veterans

Wegmans says it will start selling Salute Seasonings, which is a gourmet spice blend manufactured in Rochester and benefits veterans.

Sankar Sewnauth, the President of CDS Monarch, an organization which provides support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, says 100 percent of proceeds from the sales benefit clinical therapy, vocational rehabilitation and temporary housing for veterans with issues such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:41 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Gates Family in Dispute With School District Over Service Dog

Devyn Rose Pereira and her service dog, "Hannah."
Credit Heather Pereira

As of noon today, more than 13,000 people had signed a petition started by a Gates family who are in a battle with the Gates Chili School District over how to accommodate a second grader's service dog.

Seven-year old Devyn Pereria suffers from a rare genetic condition that involves a form of Autism and Epilepsy. Her mother, Heather, said despite some severe physical disabilities, Devyn has gained a certain amount of autonomy thanks to her service dog.

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3:08 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Advocates Disagree with List of Best and Worst Cities for Americans with Disabilities


Representatives for a local advocacy organization disagree with Rochester’s ranking in a poll of the best and worst cities for Americans with disabilities.

This week, WalletHub ranked Rochester in the middle of the road—92nd of 150 cities. Buffalo was ranked 47th.

Stephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disabilities Rights, disagrees with that ranking.

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4:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Improving Job Opportunities For College Students With Disabilities

RIT is being credited by the National Organization on Disability as being a good example of a university that has successfully bridged the employment gap for students with disabilities.

The private, non-profit group promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.  Advocates for people with disabilities say that nationally there is a 46 percent unemployment rate for college grads that have a disability.

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Move To Include
4:22 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

LISTEN: How RIT is Preparing Students With Disabilities For The Workforce

New U.S. Labor Department regulations will require federal contractors – of which there are nearly 50,000 companies with approximately 200,000 establishments – to set a target of having 7 percent of their workforce be comprised of employees with disabilities. Colleges and universities are being asked to do more to adequately prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, because current statistics show they are not prepared.  RIT is being cited as a shining example of what one university is doing in this arena. The National Organization on Disability hosted a news conference with RIT, and they join us to talk about how to make a workplace achieve this standard. 

2:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Connections: David Lanz; What is Camp EAGR?

In the first part of the show, we talk to new age recording titan David Lanz, who now makes Rochester his home. He talks about 30 years in the industry, and why he still wants to crank out an album every single year. 

Then, as part of our Move to Include series, we learn all about Camp EAGR. We welcome Mike Radell, Director of the camp, along with Lisa Noonan, a board member of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc.