Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 27

Jan 27, 2021

Credit University of Rochester

First hour: Answering questions related to COVID-19 vaccine allergies 

Second hour: Discussing the state of accessible housing for people with disabilities

We talk to a leading local allergist about COVID-19 vaccine allergies. He answers questions about what is and what is not an allergic reaction to the vaccine. We also discuss how common or uncommon different reactions are. Our guest:

  • Shahzad Mustafa, M.D., lead physician and chief of allergy, immunology, and rheumatology at Rochester Regional Health

Then in our second hour, more than 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding accessible housing remains a challenge for people with disabilities. As WXXI host and reporter April Franklin reports, many of the regulations that fall under the ADA do not apply to residential housing. That leaves the number of accessible and affordable units limited. This hour, we explore the state of accessible housing with our guests:

  • April Franklin, "Weekend Edition" host and reporter for WXXI News
  • Catherine Lewis, director of the Disability Services Office in the Department of Student Affairs at RIT
  • Stephen Beard, realtor and accessibility specialist at Keller Williams Realty in California¬†
  • Ericka Jones, disabled community member

This story is 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.