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Reports of sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities in New York State funded and licensed facilities will now be investigated by a newly created response team.

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs says the establishment of the specially trained team comes at a critical time.

National Beep Baseball Association

The largest "Beep Baseball" tournament in the Northeast is being held in Rochester this weekend.

The Beast of the East tournament is for visually impaired or blind athletes, and features teams from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Beep Baseball, the ball emits a repetitive beep as it's tossed over the plate and hit out into the field.

Matt Savage performs at Hatch Recital Hall during the first night of the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Video by Martin Kaufman

Matt Savage is not just a musical prodigy who has become an international talent; he's one of the inspiring autism stories on the arts scene.

Savage will play two shows at the opening night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival; then he's heading off on a kind of world tour.

He joins us to discuss his talent, and how to learned to cultivate it, despite growing up without much music in the house in his early childhood. Our guests:

New look, mission for Arc of Monroe County

Jun 19, 2018
Alex Crichton

The Arc of Monroe County is announcing a rebranding initiative that involves a new mission, vision and purpose.

The organization, which supports people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, is unveiling a new logo and a new mission to create an inclusive society where the people they support may truly live integrated lives and reach their full potential.

And a new vision to provide a progressive community that welcomes diversity.

President and CEO Barbara Wale spoke at the Arc of Monroe's Lambert Campus on West Henrietta in Brighton .

It’s a sport that originally went by the name “murderball.” As you probably figured out from that description, it’s a rough and tumble sport for those who love to push themselves to the limit and have a little fun. The competitive world of wheelchair rugby is flourishing in our region. But Chris Hilderbrant, the founder and manager of the Western New York league, The Wreckers, is on a mission to grow the team and diversify its roster.

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Nazareth College is building a new state-of-the-art sports facility on campus that will also help promote inclusivity.

Tim Shriver, the chair of the Special Olympics, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the event. It was a windy day on campus, which Shriver took as a good sign.

“In this country right now, the winds of change are blowing," he said. "They’re blowing here for us to remind us that we have to be the agents of that change.”

Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.


John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are in the midst of what has become an annual endeavor. Partners in the firm Our Ability, they are undertaking their "Journey Along the Erie Canal." For John and Doug, who have little or no use of their legs, the 12-day, 350-mile ride is an "opportunity" to display how people with disabilities can adapt to any circumstance.


Pittsford Schools

A new Inclusivity Advisory Committee is coming to the Pittsford Central School District.

Superintendent Michael Pero says they received around 70 applications for the all-volunteer committee.

"What a better way to approach it than have a group of caring people come together that have expertise in certain areas, and help guide us with recommendations relative to bringing that diverse population together."

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