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.
Katrina Busch is a spokesperson for the event, and she says it allows anyone to go before a video camera, and lip sync to one of the available songs.
"We videotape it, we upload it to the Autism Up YouTube channel and then we ask people to go there and share it with their friends , and Twitter or Facebook , anywhere that they want, to really increase the exposure and get other people out here to do the challenge."
We’re talking about neurodiversity in the workplace. Between 60 and 70 percent of people living with autism in America are unemployed. We’ll touch base with families who are working to support people with autism and look at local programs aimed at getting people on the spectrum into meaningful employment. We’ll also speak with a former director of the California State Labor Department about the Autism Job Club and six strategies that could reshape employment for adults with autism.
Between 60 – 70 percent of people living with autism in America are unemployed, And we’ll touch base with families who are working to support people with autism and look at local programs aimed at getting people on the spectrum into meaningful employment. We’ll also speak with a former director of the California State Labor Department, Michael Bernick about the Autism Job Club and six strategies that could reshape employment for adults with autism.
One man is on a mission to heal, and he’s doing it by empowering physical therapists with the unique tool of magic.
After a serious car crash years ago, illusionist Kevin Spencer ended up in neurological intensive care with brain and spinal cord injuries. He spent nearly a year in physical therapy and grew tired of the repetitive process that wasn’t working quickly enough. It was then that Spencer realized the movements required to do the simple magic tricks he learned as a child, were the same kinds of movements that he was doing in traditional forms of therapy. He soon after developed the Healing of Magic program, and has been teaching the skills to occupational therapists across the globe.
Authors Judy Jonas and Marla Berkowitz share what they call pioneering work with Need to Know host Hélène Biandudi Hofer. Their book, Deaf and Hearing Siblings in Conversation, researches the unique dynamic between adult deaf and hearing siblings. This segment is the conclusion of a two-part interview on Need to Know. Jonas and Berkowitz explain how blending deaf culture and the hearing world takes an entire family unit – as does a commitment by all family members to learn how to sign.
Many families with children with autism describe leaving high school as a ‘falling off a cliff’ - because of the lack of services when they become adults. Add to that, a complicated and intimidating job hunt. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, a new, dedicated job fair in Rochester, New York may be the first step to help that community find employment.
The Opportunity Project is a documentary film series focusing on the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities.
We're talking about The Opportunity Project, a documentary film series that focuses on inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. The films will screen on this coming Monday, May 4, at The Little Theatre. Our guests:
A promising new study, conducted partly in Rochester, may give hope to the parents of autistic children.
The research looked at ways a training program could help parents and other caregivers reduce problem behaviors in kids on the autism spectrum.
Local lead researcher Tristam Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Rochester says the 24-week course resulted in a more than 47-percent reduction in tantrums, aggression and self-injury in children between the ages of 3 and 6.
We preview Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival. 2015 marks the eighth year for Imagine, with an annual draw of around 30,000 visitors. In studio:
Barry Culhane, chairman of the event David Amata, building a game to teach young children how to read Katie Tigue, associate producer of a game called Splattershmup Dan Phillips, working with students on a dual-purpose wheelchair-platform swing Erik Lydick, working on a robotic seeing-eye dog Adam Podolec, working on a soft-ankle foot orthotic to help people with dropped foot Jonathon Greene, working on a device to allow young children with disabilities to move independently