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The Rochester Rotary is dedicating a special new facility at its Sunshine Campus in Rush tonight for children who have disabilities and autism.
The Gizzi Family Sensory Center will provide an escape for kids who may find the sights and sounds of camp over-stimulating.
Tracy Dreisbach, the Rotary's executive director, says the 2,700 square foot center has soothing music and lighting and various features and activities such as climbers and ball crawls that are calming to the senses.
Special Olympics World Games preview, then the delay in FDA rules on calorie counts on menus.
On this edition of Healthy Friday, we talk to an athlete and an ambassador headed to the Special Olympics World Games. We'll also learn about New York State's representation at the LA 2015 Games. This portion of the show is part of our Move to Include initiative.
Then, we find out why there's a delay in the FDA rules about calorie counts on menus. Diana Fernandez of the University of Rochester Medical Center will give us an explanation.
The New York State Senate and Assembly have recently passed a bill that creates a tax credit for people who want to live in visitable homes.
A universally visitable house has at least one no-step entrance and accesible bathroom on the same floor, as well as 32 inch doorways -- the size of a standard wheel chair. People can apply for up to $2750 to modify a house or purchase a new house with these specifications.
Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights. She says this credit can be used to create more integrated communities.
Katrina Busch is a spokesperson for the event, and she says it allows anyone to go before a video camera, and lip sync to one of the available songs.
"We videotape it, we upload it to the Autism Up YouTube channel and then we ask people to go there and share it with their friends , and Twitter or Facebook , anywhere that they want, to really increase the exposure and get other people out here to do the challenge."