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Coming up on Connections: Monday, January 23rd

Iheoma Books

First hour: Reactions to the Women's Marches in Washington and around the world

Second hour: Creative therapies for children with autism

Saturday's series of marches and demonstrations around the world were remarkable in size, scope, and meaning. We'll discuss the focus of the movement, and the goals for the future. Our guests:

  • Miriam Zinter, activist who marched in the Women's March on Washington
  • Bob Good, longtime activist who marched in the Women's March on Washington
  • Nicole Black, co-organizer of the Rochester rally w with Action Together Rochester - Stronger Together Western NY
  • Bonnie Butkas, leader of Action Together Rochester

Then in our second hour, we talk about creative therapies for children with autism. Research proves that art can directly impact brain development in people with autism. We'll talk about the benefits of activities that incorporate music, dance, film, visual arts, writing, and more. We also preview the documentary, Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts, which airs Thursday, January 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  Our guests:

  • Katie McGowen, autism coordinator at CP Rochester and Happiness House
  • Lisa Peck, recreational therapist through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Jeremiah's mom
  • Jeremiah Iheoma, author of My Super Life with Autism
  • Betsey King, professor of music and music therapy in the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Nazareth College

The following program is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability Week – a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies – in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. Dialogue on Disability is supported in part by The Golisano Foundation with additional support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.