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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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Wegmans introduces adaptive shopping cart to help children with mobility issues

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 3:23pm
Wegmans is offering families who have young children with mobility restrictions a new way to help their kids shop with their parents or other adult relatives. It’s a specially adapted shopping cart, called ‘Go to Shop,‘ that Wegmans is getting through a company called Firefly. Linda Lovejoy is a community relations manager for Wegmans. She said this shopping cart is different from other carts that Wegmans already makes available for kids or adults with disabilities. “The cart is made for children ages 2 to 8, or up to 77 pounds, who need more of that posture support, head support, and that snug fit, a safe, five point harness to keep them in the seat very securely,” Lovejoy explained. Lovejoy said that Wegmans wants to provide an inclusive shopping experience. “We want to provide a very accessible experience for everyone, whether they have a disability or not, and for those who have a disability to make sure they have the same experience as a person without a disability,” Lovejoy said.

American Council of the Blind names new leadership, continues battle for accessibility and inclusion

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:58am
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. ACB President Dan Spoone said his journey of progressively losing his sight while growing up, not only presented its own challenges, but was matched by a culture of stigma and discrimination. “Here I was with an MBA in accounting, tutoring people at the University of Florida, applied to all eight big accounting firms and was turned down,” Spoone said. “And finally, one of the partners for Price Waterhouse pulled me aside and said, 'Dan, we’re just not going to hire a blind guy. We just hired our first woman last year.’” That was roughly 30 years ago, about the time the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. Eventually, he was

Camp teaches kids with autism how to enjoy one of the rites of childhood

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 2:08pm
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." Many people with disabilities have motor planning, coordination, and sensory challenges, which makes bike-riding difficult. But, this 5-day camp, led by the nonprofit iCan Shine, helps riders develop their confidence and skill. The bikes have an adaptive wheel on the back that kind of looks like a rolling pin. Over the course of the week, that wheel is lifted until the rider can balance on their own. "It's very important because what it does is it

An all-abilities youth wheelchair basketball team comes to Rochester

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 8:58am
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. Rob Tortarella, founder of Endless Highway, said it is a learning curve for the handful of nondisabled players. "You could tell they had the skills, but they had to learn to use the chair," Tortarella said. "And learn the rule of one bounce and two pushes, and then you have to dribble again, but yeah, everyone was having a great time -- smiles on everybody's face here in the rec center." Jackie Block drove from the Buffalo area so her child could participate on this team. "We were interested because of the all-abilities part of it and playing with their friends," Block said.

Strong, partners launch internship program for people with autism

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 2:18pm
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. He also said the program provides the museum “with the opportunity to create an inclusive environment both for our guests and for our staffs.” Within the learning environment of the museum, Dubnik said, interns will have the chance to find job training opportunities that meet their capabilities and needs. “Everyone who comes here, when you’re playing and you’re seeing what’s going on at the museum, you’ll have the opportunity to learn,” he said. “Our staff learns every day from our interaction with our guests that come to

Irondequoit moves to make its recreation programs more inclusive

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 1:19pm
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. "It's not necessarily a reaction to what we perceive to be a problem,” said town Supervisor Dave Seeley, “but we really just wanted to do a top-to-bottom scan to assure that our recreation programming is inclusive to residents with disabilities." The contract will cost $6,000 a year. Irondequoit voters will decide on July 30 whether the town should build a 43,000-square-foot, $8.5 million community center at Skyview on the Ridge, the former Medley Centre. Seeley said the community health inclusion initiative would have been proposed for existing town recreation programs and facilities, regardless of these plans. "We're taking into account everything,” he said. “Every