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.

Nazareth College

It all began with one Gorbel employee, says President Brian Reh, who was going through physical therapy with her daughter.

"The idea came originally from one of our employees who had experienced first-hand how tough it was to go through gait rehabilitation with the current lack of technology. We had a lot of great things we were doing in the industrial technology sector, and she came forward and said, What if we could apply this to the health field?"

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Camp Puzzle Peace held a ceremonious ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of their Family Autism Center.

The 2300-square-foot facility on University Avenue provides room for play and education for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jen Hackett is the President of Camp Puzzle Peace. She says she's overwhelmed by the support of the community that made the center possible.

We wrap up our "Dialogue on Disability" with a conversation about employment access for all. With us to discuss: • Bill McDonald, executive director, Medical Motor Service • Dee Mascari, programs and services coordinator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter• Ruth Redmond, NMSS Program Participant • Sara Taylor, director of employment, Rochester Rehabilitation

Our series of shows on Dialogue on Disability continues with a look at the importance of staying active after a brain injury. 

The Panel:

Paul Akers of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc
Anita O'Brien of Rochester Rehabilitation

We start our week-long "Dialogue on Disability" with a look at integrated activities and the benefits they offer, especially for “typically developing” children. We’ll also look at early intervention programs with our guests:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to protect disabled New Yorkers has sued the state agency established to investigate abuse cases, alleging state officials are illegally denying access to information.

Disability Rights New York says the Justice Center established 18 months ago by the Cuomo administration has consistently refused full access to records and reports about the abuse of several individuals in state care. One of them died.

A local foundation is announcing a $1 million gift in support of a new University of Rochester building that will include an autism clinic. The grant comes from the William and Mildred Levine Foundation and it will support the building set to break ground next spring along East River Road in Brighton.

The first two floors of the building will be used for outpatient imaging.The third floor will house the William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic.

Remembering Will Katawazi

Dec 9, 2014

The parents of Will Katawazi say their son was full of adventure and he enjoyed his friends at CP Rochester, an integrated preschool for children with or without disabilities.

Al and Heather Katawazi lost their 5-year old son when he died suddenly last June, just three days before graduating from the preschool.

They thought a good way to honor Will would be to build an adaptive zip line for the children at CP Rochester.