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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.

Noelle Evans

  

The American Council of the Blind, an advocacy group for the rights of visually impaired and blind people, elected new leadership at the organization’s 58th Annual Conference and Convention in Rochester.

Around 1,200 people attended, along with roughly 300 guide dogs at the Riverside Convention Center for the week-long event, which wrapped up Friday.

Beth Adams

Rocco Rodrigues was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  Now 9 years old, Rocco has spent the past four days at the "iCan Bike" camp at the Gordon Field House at RIT learning to ride a bike, something that AutismUp says over 80 percent of people with autism never learn to do.  

On Thursday morning, he was riding at a pretty good speed around the track with two volunteer spotters running alongside him.

"It's a little bit...I'm not gonna say scary, but startling," he said. "You want to know why? Because you feel like you're gonna fall over."

April Franklin

Nonprofit organization Rochester Accessible Adventures and charitable foundation Endless Highway are bringing wheelchair basketball to young people in Rochester.

Both organizations help provide more accessible activities for people with disabilities. The new team, called the Rochester Rockets, is the only youth wheelchair basketball team in the area, and it is bringing the game to athletes of all abilities.

Alex Crichton

The Strong Museum is partnering with several other organizations to offer working internships at the museum for 16 people on the autism spectrum.

Museum President and CEO Steve Dubnik said the program, called Strong Employment and Life Foundations, or SELF, gets to the core of the Strong’s educational mission.

“We are an educational institution, so we continue to educate these young adults … as they have gone beyond high school or into young adulthood,” Dubnik said.

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As the town of Irondequoit gets ready for a possible new community center, it's also taking a look at how inclusive its recreation programs and policies are.

The Town Board recently approved a contract with Rochester Accessible Adventures. The organization will review Irondequoit's town-sponsored programs and facilities.

The local Alzheimer’s Association is involved in a pilot program designed to better serve people with developmental disabilities.

The Golisano Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant that will be used by Alzheimer’s Association chapters in the Rochester and Buffalo areas to help train providers who are serving older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester kicked off its opening day over the weekend with a celebration in Webster. The organization held a groundbreaking ceremony at the event Saturday for a new play area designed to allow typically developing children to play alongside those with disabilities.

What do young adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers need to know as they prepare to exit the school system? It's a question that will be addressed at an upcoming conference hosted by Nazareth College and AutismUp.

We're joined by conference organizers and participants to discuss medical care, housing, employment, and more. In studio:

  • Rachel Rosner, director of education and support services for AutismUp
  • Cyndi Kerber Gowan, lecturer in education at Nazareth College and faculty liaison for LifePrep@Naz
  • Jake Collier, self-advocate

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Leaders from St. John Fisher’s Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing announced a partnership with an Irish college on Wednesday.

Fisher and Waterford Institute of Technology plan to share resources for best practices and research when it comes to nursing at-risk populations like those with developmental disabilities. Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing received a grant last fall to open the Institute.

The Institute's founding director, Dianne Cooney Miner, said Waterford is the perfect match for Fisher.

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A new dental clinic is under development at the University of Rochester Medical Center. It’s designed to support people who might have a hard time getting service in most other dentists’ offices.

“The support comes in two parts,” said Dr. Eli Eliav, director of URMC’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health. “Equipment and staff.”

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