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A playground for children of all abilities breaks ground in Webster

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 6:26pm
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. Once complete it will be the first of its kind in Monroe County. Director of Miracle Field Katie Kovar says some children who have physical limitations do not often feel comfortable on typical playgrounds. “We’ll have cushion grounding, we’ll have wheelchair accessible slides and swings, we’ll autism centers, we’ll have shade, We’ll have everything really so that kids can really play together and feel safe and comfortable in that play space.”, says Kovar. Mandy Kresge says she is excited about the new playground for her 8-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. “She does walk, but to climb on a lot of the equipment it’s very difficult and it’s dangerous for her," said Kresge. "So even if

Connections: How to help young adults with intellectual disabilities transition into the adult world

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 2:42pm
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

St. John Fisher partners with Irish college to improve nursing for at-risk populations

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 4:49pm
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. “Because of their particular expertise in developmental disabilities nursing, when I had this idea around the Golisano Institute of Nursing, I thought to myself I couldn’t think of a better partner,” said Cooney Miner. “Across the world, the reputation of Irish nursing is so respected and so recognized in terms of not only the knowledge and skills and competency of Irish nursing but the particular compassion and values that drive their work.” Faculty members from both

Connections: NPR investigations correspondent Joe Shapiro

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 3:59pm
NPR investigations correspondent Joe Shapiro joins us in studio. He’s in Rochester to speak at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry Conference . We talk to him about the state of journalism, and his work covering issues that impact people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In studio: Joe Shapiro , NPR investigations correspondent Dr. Steve Sulkes , M.D., professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Dianne Cooney Miner , associate vice president for community engagement, and dean at the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College This story was produced by WXXI’s Inclusion Desk , focusing on disabilities and inclusion.

Inclusion for people with disabilities focus of Rochester medical conference

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:10pm
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. Presenters will cover a wide range of difficult topics, from dementia in people with disabilities, to colonoscopies for adults who have intellectual disabilities, and the obstacles to accessing dental care faced by people with disabilities. But many of the sessions will also focus on what presenters say are successes in the field. Dr. Adriane Griffen oversees the National Center on Disability in Public Health . Her organization recently led a successful push for a resolution by the American Medical Association that recognizes people with disabilities as a “medically underserved population.” “It’s changing

Rochester Red Wings celebrate Deaf Culture Day at Frontier Field

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 5:06pm
(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.

Fully accessible playground coming to Rotary Sunshine Campus

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 2:30pm
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. Playground amenities will include a slide and glider, a gravity cube, climbers, chin-up bars, towers, a sign language panel, fully matted floors accessible by wheelchair, and more. “Shirley’s Playland” is named after Shirley Isaac, the late wife of former Rochester Rotary president Jim Isaac. Stack said she had a great love for kids and was always involved with the camp. He said this playground will enhance the mission at the Rotary Sunshine Campus and should make a difference in the lives of the children there. “It's