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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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Medical students said they are seeking out ways to improve their own training after a conference in Rochester this weekend.

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry held its annual meeting in the downtown Hyatt hotel. People came from across the U.S. and other countries to hear about challenges and successes in medical care for people with disabilities.

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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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A conference focused on medical care for people with disabilities will come to Rochester this weekend.

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry will host its annual meeting, bringing in presenters and attendees from across the country and abroad, said Stephen Sulkes, who is president of the academy and also a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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(P-A Announcer says: “Let’s welcome back to Rochester, ‘Recycleman’...(crowd cheers))

Recycleman, or as his birth certificate probably says, Ogden Whitehead, was wearing his traditional green cape and promoting, of course, recycling. He is a former employee of both the Rochester Red Wings and RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and he was among those taking part in the pre-game festivities for Deaf Culture Day. He used to lead the Frontier Field fans in cheers so it seemed fitting to bring him back for this promotion.

Gerry Buckley, president of NTID, also took part in the ceremonies and said what the Red Wings have done, including using American Sign Language to perform “Take me out to the ballgame” in a segment that was featured on ESPN this past weekend, really means a lot.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Tuesday for a new playground for children with disabilities at the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.

“Shirley's Playland” will be a fully accessible playground, something the campus hasn't had in the past, according to Patrick Stack, Rochester Rotary president.

“There's tons of other activities, but the accessibility to things like swings and teeter-totters and the like, we just did not have that capability until now," he said.

The town of Irondequoit is adopting a proclamation that will declare that it is an "Autism Friendly Community."

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says Irondequoit already has implemented training for the police department and other town operations to be more inclusive and supportive, and the formalizing of that policy comes during the annual recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month.

He said training for police officers helps them to be more supportive when they have interactions with someone who is on the autism spectrum.

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The Autism Council of Rochester’s fourth annual job and career fair took place Tuesday at the Memorial Art Gallery. 

Organizers said the event is important, given the nearly 80% rate of unemployment for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Lawana Jones, founder and executive director of the Autism Council, said that’s a waste of talent.

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