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Autism services and crisis mobile unit coming to Rochester in 2020

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:43pm
Last summer, 11-year-old Jacalvionne Boyd, who has autism, walked away from his home on Avenue E in Rochester over 20 times. Once, he was found 10 miles away in Gates. His mother called police to track him down. "His mom had newly moved here to Rochester and didn't have any supports or services in place," said Lawana Jones, founder and executive director of the Autism Council. Police called Jones to help Jacalvionne and his family, who had just relocated to Rochester from Florida. After completing an assessment, Jones gave Jacalvionne a pair of noise-canceling headphones. "The neighborhood was very noisy," she explained, "so we gave him a pair of the ear defenders, and his mom said he was actually able to sleep through the night for the first time since they had moved here." When another boy whose family said he was on the spectrum disappeared unnoticed from School 12 in March 2018, the search ended in tragedy. Fourteen-year-old Trevyan Rowe's body was found in the Genesee River. Rowe

Student Loan Borrowers With Disabilities Aren't Getting Help They Were Promised

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 6:28am
Denise had no idea her student loans could be erased. In 2007, a truck rear-ended her car. The accident ravaged her legs and back, and the pain made it impossible for her to work. "I have basically been in pain — chronic pain — every day," says Denise, who asked that NPR not use her full name to protect her privacy. "I live a life of going to doctors constantly." For over half a century, student loan borrowers like Denise — with a significant, permanent disability — have been protected by federal law. If they can no longer work enough to support themselves, they can ask the U.S. Department of Education to erase their debts. But an NPR investigation has found that hundreds of thousands of potentially eligible borrowers — more than enough to fill a city the size of Pittsburgh — have yet to receive the relief they're entitled to. Not only that, the Education Department told Congress earlier this year it had discharged the loans of 40% of eligible borrowers with significant, permanent

Interactive 'I-Spy' mural aims to help kids get tested for auditory processing disorder

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 5:47am
Auditory processing disorder, or APD, can cause language delays, affect learning, and make it harder for kids to interact with others. One Rochester-based audiology office is trying out an unusual approach to help children get tested for APD, with an interactive mural. Those with APD can be hypersensitive to stimulation - like sounds, textures, and light. This makes it harder to test kids in order to complete a diagnosis. Christine Tirk with Clear Choice Hearing and Balance says that she wanted to create a welcoming environment for families because getting tested for APD can be challenging and stressful. “When you’re having a child tested for anything, let alone a child with special needs, the experience starts right in the waiting room when the paperwork is being filled out,” Tirk says. So, she called on an artist to create a 20-foot-wide "I-Spy" mural in the pediatric waiting room. “I wanted it to be interactive so that when they came in, the parent and the child, while waiting for

Connections: Disability rights activist Stephanie Woodward on disability pride

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 2:19pm
Local disability rights activist Stephanie Woodward recently wrote an opinion piece for the Spina Bifida Association about why she loves her disability. Woodward was born with spina bifida and has been an outspoken advocate for disability rights and disability pride. In her piece, she writes, "Because I love my disability identity, I have never seen my disability as a problem. And because I have never seen my disability as a problem, I have never supported curing spina bifida or even preventing it. In fact, when I hear someone say 'I think the world would be a better place if we could prevent babies from having your disability in the future,' what I hear is 'I think the world would be a better place without people like you.'" Many people praised Woodward's comments, while others pushed back. Woodward joins us for the hour to discuss her perspective and disability pride. In studio: Stephanie Woodward , victims of crime attorney at Empire Justice Center This story is reported from WXXI’s

Nazareth athletic center aims to ‘change story’ on inclusion in sports

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 5:05pm
Anthony Zastrow is a senior at Penfield High School. On Monday morning, though, he was hustling up and down a basketball court in the new Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College. Zastrow was playing on an inclusive basketball team made up of high schoolers with and without disabilities. Still catching his breath after subbing out in the first quarter of his first game at the training center, Zastrow described his team. “This basketball is different than any other basketball. It’s crazy, because, like, listen, you’ve got kids with all kinds of disabilities. You’ve got boys, girls. It’s amazing,” he said. “No other basketball is like it. That’s why it’s so unique, and it’s awesome. I love it. I love it so much.” The college said the center where Zastrow was playing will bring together athletes with disabilities and students who are studying in disciplines like nursing, social work, and occupational and physical therapy. Special Olympics chair Tim Shriver said the diversity on

Adaptive Play at The Strong Museum

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 7:21am
The non-profit group Endless Highway teamed up with The Strong National Museum of Play for its first Adaptive Day of Play for youth and families living with physical disabilities on Sunday. The idea is to create more inclusive family experiences, and more than 90 people participated. Endless Highway founder Bob Tortorella says that The Strong has always been a place of inclusivity for families with children with disabilities. "I was really impressed with their awareness and also the physical space and the accessibility as far a parking, bathrooms, and so forth. And more importantly, they really wanted to make it a place where disabled children can and interact and participate in the exhibits here,” Tortorella said. Tortorella says Endless Highway’s partnership with The Strong will provide financial assistance to families who have children with disabilities who want to visit the Museum of Play. The Strong’s Vice President for Advancement, Lisa Feinstein says, the event highlights all