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Inclusion Desk

The Inclusion Desk is a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

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A few lawyers from New York City are suing businesses around the state because the companies’ websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But leaders from the Center for Disability Rights, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and local law firm Nixon Peabody question whether these lawyers care about accessibility -- or big settlements.

WATCH: Finding justice for victims of filicide

Mar 31, 2019

“If it bleeds, it leads” is a mantra that can describe the types of stories covered by media outlets. Murders, fires, and robberies, are generally top stories for some local news outlets. But not the unfathomable crime of filicide - particularly, in the disability community. Filicide refers to the murder of one’s own child or relative. In the past five years, it’s been documented that more than 650 people with disabilities in the US have been murdered by a family member, relative, or caregiver. The actual number of victims is believed to be much larger than that. We examine this issue and how local advocates are seeking justice for disabled victims of filicide.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday morning for the Golisano Autism Center and the University of Rochester’s Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building.

The new buildings will serve as a one-stop shop for families of children with autism, allowing them to access all the services they need under one roof. It also will provide pediatric mental health services for outpatient care in the community.

Disability rights advocates say the justice system, the media, and the public are disregarding filicide in the disability community. On this edition of Need to Know we learn how the homicides of those with disabilities, at the hands of a relative, are going under the radar.

Also on the show, creating a space for women of color in the arts to gain visibility and power. A look at the inequities that exist in the Rochester arts scene and how one group intends to change that.

Special Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP)  President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was backing off his budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course on a proposal that was unlikely to be approved by Congress after days of bipartisan criticism.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Michigan, Trump said he had authorized funding for the organization. "I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics."

Special Olympics

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics.

Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.

House Democrats grilled DeVos in a budget hearing Tuesday, with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., calling the cut "appalling."

New York Association on Independent Living

A task force in New York has released a report recommending ways ride-hailing services could improve access for people with wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

When legislation was authorized allowing Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, it included the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Accessibility Task Force to improve the services for people with disabilities.

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Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf is receiving a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

It will use the grant to transform its DeafTEC Technical Education Center for deaf and hard-of-hearing students program into a resource center with a goal of placing deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in highly skilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

The deaf and hard-of-hearing are underrepresented in those fields, according to NTID president Gerry Buckley.

RTS

As the ReImagine RTS project moves forward, changing the way buses move through Rochester, different communities are worried how the changes will affect them.

People with disabilities say many are concerned about fixed routes and paratransit.

Fixed routes are the big buses you see out on the roads, following a single route. And under the Americans with Disabilities Act, paratransit has to exist as a supplement to this service. Within three-quarters of a mile around a fixed route, riders with disabilities can access door-to-door transportation.

Golisano Foundation

The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics on Wednesday honored seven health care organizations and professionals who are working to bring health care services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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