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MOVE TO INCLUDE is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. 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. Share your thoughts with us here
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Annual campaign to end the "R-Word" underway

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:36pm
Monroe County, the town of Irondequoit, the city of Rochester and the state of New York all marked Wednesday, March 7, as “Spread the Word to End the R-Word," day, an effort led locally by the Golisano Foundation. That R-Word is "retard" or "retarded," considered offensive and derogatory to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Evalyn Gleason, grants coordinator for the Golisano Foundation. "It’s as derogatory as any other slur that there is. The R-word is a slur toward people with intellectual disabilities, and it hurts them and their families the same way that many other slurs hurt people of different ethnicities and backgrounds, as well,” she says. Best Buddies International and Special Olympics began Spread the Word to End the Word in 2009, and the Golisano Foundation was on board a year later. Gleason says they’re one of the largest private family foundations that funds organizations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “It

Athletes hit the rink & snow for 2018 Special Olympics

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:46pm
Thousands of athletes participated in the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games Saturday. The second floor of the convention center was packed with volunteer’s coaches and athletes getting ready for a full day of floor hockey. Teams from all around the state made the trip to participate. Andy Watson was with his team from Brooklyn, he’s been coaching for over 30 years. He talked about what being a part of the Special Olympics means to him. "How would I say it, improvement of our individual’s quality of life. And that’s bio, psycho and social components. So we're talking about health, mental, as well as what they do as far as jobs and families and turning into young men and women." One of his players, David Ritwo has been playing for almost just as long. He plays center and defense. "It means together. It means one big happy family. We just come together and join and its for people to get to know each other, new people, make new friends. Just enjoy life as much as you can with

Athletes and coaches get ready for Special Olympics this weekend in Rochester

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:01pm
The Olympics in Pyeongchang aren’t the only ones to look out for this weekend. The New York State Special Olympics will take place all day Saturday in venues across Rochester. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches will be in town to compete. As an Honorary Chair of the winter games, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo hosted some of the athletes in the legislature chambers Wednesday morning. "Our Special Olympians are truly inspirational I’ll tell you that, from the polar plunge to the games, we are inspired by all of you not just at the games but each and every day. You really are examples of courageousness, of perseverance." Martha Pachuta is the Alpine Sport Director for the Special Olympics, she says her athletes are very excited to complete, but they could always use more community support. "These are grassroots programs that really rely on the community in order for these events to be successful. So volunteers are a very integral part. And I know as a sports director there’s no

Center for Disability Rights says bill passed by House will undermine the ADA

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 2:37pm
A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out. Advocates say that the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ericka Jones is a Systems Advocate with the Center for Disability Rights says now, when a person files a complaint about a business not being accessible, it’s reviewed and resolved fairly soon. But this new bill would give businesses 180 days to act. "That’s six months. Six months that a person doesn’t have access to a restaurant or movie theater or whatever business it is." Jones says you can only find out so much about a business on the internet, and that its frustrating to only find out a place isn’t accessible once you get there. "Imagine you’re going on a date. You haven’t met this person and you show up and you’re a wheelchair user but there’s no ramp. And there’s several steps to get in. What do you do at that point, that’s humiliating." Jones believes if this was happening to

New program connects Jewish families with services for those with disabilities

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:06pm
AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities. The two organizations are launching a service to connect families with the support and services they will need following a diagnosis. Rachel Rosner, director of education and community training at AutismUp, says medical care is only a fraction of what will be needed. A monthly meeting will be scheduled at Jewish organizations throughout the community to help families navigate the web of resources that are available. "Whether that is early intervention through Monroe County or the Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities through New York State, or even to know what synagogues would be the best match for their family's needs." Rosner said the Jewish Federation has made a philosophical and financial commitment to promoting inclusion in the Jewish community at the same time that AutismUp was

Imagining the future and 'other people caring for him'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:06pm
People like Jonathan Jackson tend to have an entourage. An entourage can consist of professionals and family members who support someone with disabilities in all kinds of ways. Often, family members do the bulk of caregiving, and as children grow up, questions arise: What will adulthood look like for them? Who will lead their future entourage?

Frosty winds made moan

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 9:38am
We’re following the adventures of composer Glenn McClure, who journeyed to Antarctica in late 2016. During an epic journey funded by the National Science Foundation, the SUNY Geneseo and Eastman professor lived in a tent on an ice shelf and worked with scientists to collect data. He is now using that data as inspiration for new music. Take a listen: Listen to the Geneseo Chamber Singers and Spectrum Singers performing the world premiere of Glenn McClure’s new choral composition, “Tremble.” Gerard Floriano conducts in this concert recorded in October 2017. The composer writes: This is the first piece to emerge from my National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Fellowship in Antarctica. The piece features some key concepts from my experience of working a seismic team that is “listening” to the infragravity waves that travel from the rest of the planet and resonate with the Ross Ice Shelf. Through a variety of musical gestures, the piece attempts to imitate the waves that resonate

How disabled is too disabled to work?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:47pm
When Akin Johnson was nearing the end of high school, he was clear about what he wanted to do next. He wanted to get a job. In recent years, there has been a push to get people with disabilities into the general workforce. But despite these initiatives, some students like Akin who aspire to work are running into a problem. They’re being told they’re not independent enough to make it in a work environment.