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We continue our Dialogue on Disability Week with an update on the state of early intervention (EI) services in Monroe County. In early December, county officials announced a temporary solution to what some local providers called a brewing crisis in EI services. A shortage in providers and funding would have led to about 1,200 children being waitlisted for programs, but the county has since allocated six Department of Health employees to coordinate intake services. Parents and providers say more support is needed.

This hour, we look at the current state of early intervention programs and discuss how they benefit children in need. In studio:

A new federal rule requiring hospitals to share rates for procedures and services is leading to debate. The rule requires hospital systems to post charges online in an effort to increase billing transparency, but some critics say the move will confuse consumers because those charges do not factor in insurance, other aid, and complicating factors. Those who support the rules say this is a step in the right direction in helping consumers make better-informed decisions about healthcare.

What do you think? Who should be able to tell you how much medical procedures cost? Hospitals? Insurance companies? Our guests discuss these questions and more. In studio:

  • Tammi Imm, vice president of front end revenue cycle at Rochester Regional Health
  • Carrie Fuller Spencer, chief financial officer for Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals
  • Anna Ka, Rochester resident

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First hour: The debate over new hospital pricing transparency rules

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - An update on early intervention services in Monroe County

It's Dialogue on Disability Week and we kick off our series of conversations on Connections with a discussion about inclusive recreation activities.

The film “Perfectly Normal for Me” tells the story of three children with disabilities as they prepare for a spring recital as part of their after school dance program. We preview the film and talk with local parents, teachers, and education coordinators about finding a balance between independence and structure for children with special needs, and what inclusion really means. In studio:

The new Congress is considering measures related to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Palestinian-led campaign promotes forms of boycott against Israel with the goal of what it describes as ending Israeli violations of international law.

Our guests explain the debate over BDS and its potential impact. In studio:

  • Iman Abid, chapter director for the Genesee Valley Region of the ACLU
  • Larry Fine, former longtime CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

First hour: The debate over the BDS movement 

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - "Perfectly Normal for Me," and the value of inclusive recreation activities

A number of new and evolving technologies were discussed at last week's Consumer Electronics Show. Facial recognition technology and location mapping were among them. 

RIT professor Steve Jacobs attended the show and will share what he learned. We also discuss the ethical and legal implications of those controversial technologies. In studio:

  • Steve Jacobs, professor in the College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT
  • Larry Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law

Is your home energy efficient? The goal of the Sustainable Homes Rochester campaign is to encourage community members to install clean heating and cooling systems to improve energy efficiency. What does that look like?

Our guests discuss the different technologies, how they work, and how homeowners can decide what might be the right fit for their energy goals. In studio:

First hour: Discussing the Sustainable Homes Rochester campaign

Second hour: Understanding new technologies and concerns about privacy

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The challenges local students of color say they face in suburban schools;
  • The "sex recession" among teens and young adults;
  • The Netflix film, "Bird Box," and how it depicts mental illness;
  • Why job ghosting is on the rise.

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