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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, June 18

Jun 18, 2019

First hour: Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo on her campaign for reelection

Second hour: How to create inclusive environments for people with hearing loss

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is running for reelection. She and her opponent, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, are challenging each other on the Independence Party line in the upcoming primary. We sit down with Dinolfo to discuss a number of issues, including taxes, economic development, and her views on the so-called Green Light bill, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. This is our second in a series of interviews with Dinolfo and Bello as we cover the county executive race.

Then in our second hour, a national convention on hearing loss is being held in Rochester this month, and organizers say they chose Rochester as the host site due to its reputation for creating inclusive environments for people with hearing loss at various stages. This hour, we’re joined by representatives from the Hearing Loss Association of America to discuss advances in adaptive technology, social and cultural opportunities for people with hearing loss, and how to combat the stigma and isolation often associated with hearing loss. Our guests:

  • Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Gaelen McCormick, program manager of Eastman Performing Arts Medicine, and former musician with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jim Feuerstein, audiologist, professor emeritus at Nazareth College, and chairperson for the Board of Directors at the Rochester Hearing and Speech Center
  • Donald, Bataille, architect with Hearing Loops Unlimited

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk