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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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Legacy from former Lifetime Assistance manager is a greeting card company

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 7:46am
Lifetime Assistance, the local organization that helps people with developmental disabilities live with the highest possible level of independence, has another way to provide those services. It involves a donation from longtime employee, Bob Hickey, who died after a battle with cancer earlier this year. Hickey had a side business. He founded Patent Press Greeting Cards, which is a boutique line of greeting cards featuring artwork that originally accompanied actual patent applications filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Hickey arranged to leave that greeting card operation to Lifetime Assistance, to provide an in-house business in which the agency’s clients could work. Hickey’s wife, Annette Hickey, said that after her husband got a diagnoses of pancreatic cancer earlier this year, they talked about his wish to donate the greeting card company, and how he felt it would add to the work experience for clients of Lifetime Assistance. “He just thought that this was a

Lessons in inclusive birding at Braddock Bay Park

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 4:06pm
As far as recreational activities go, basic birding seems approachable enough. Looking beyond the stereotype of older couples staring at warblers through comically large binoculars, birding can be done on trails in public parks with unaided eyes and ears. For some people with disabilities, however, that’s not the case. Wheelchair users may not be able to use trails or they may find that lookout points don’t have ramps. Veterans with PTSD and people on the autism spectrum may not be comfortable using binoculars, a fundamental tool of birding. Others may be deterred by the prospect of hanging heavy equipment around their necks for extended periods of time. A workshop scheduled for Tuesday evening at Braddock Bay Park is intended to help aspiring birders with disabilities learn ways to take part in the pastime. The workshop is to be presented by Rochester Accessible Adventures and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, who have partnered to offer a series of inclusive outdoor

Mentors inspire girls and women with disabilities

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 5:00am
Amie Richards is from Massachusetts, and Reese Gieger lives in Atlanta. They have traded a few letters, but recently, they met virtually for the first time. Connected through the Disability EmpowHER Network’s “Letter from a Role Model” program, they both have spina bifida, a birth defect that causes a person's spine to develop abnormally. Amie, who is 32, told 9-year-old Reese that she could ask her anything. "It can even be a silly question,” Amie said. “Well,” Reese replied, “what is it like to be older?” "Well, one thing that's changed,” Amie said, “is being able to find all these other people and be friends with people with spina bifida.” The effects of the condition can range widely, from people who don't need any kind of mobility aids to those who experience complete paralysis. Amie walks with leg braces to help with her balance. Reese had used braces since birth, but a year ago, her orthopedic surgeon told her to not wear them all the time. “I can wear them sometimes, like when

Mary Cariola Center, URMC to study how COVID-19 affects people with disabilities

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 4:06pm
Two local agencies will work together to help scientists better understand how COVID-19 affects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mary Cariola Center in Rochester is participating in a national study led by UR Medicine’s Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience.

Autism Nature Trail opens at Letchworth State Park

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 2:25pm
The nation’s first nature trail specifically designed to address the sensory needs of those with autism spectrum disorder is now open at Letchworth State Park.

Connections: How can members of law enforcement better interact with people who have disabilities?

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 2:12pm
How can members of law enforcement better interact with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities? We hear from participants of a recent event with the Arc of Monroe and the Advocacy Alliance. We talk with members of law enforcement about police training techniques, and we hear from people with disabilities and advocates about their perspectives and experiences. Our guests: Reenie Levy, self-advocate with the Advocacy Alliance Brian Potvin, staff member at the Arc of Monroe Lt. Richard Waldo, Community Affairs Bureau, Rochester Police Department Trooper Jason Klewicki, Troop E School and Community Outreach Coordinator, New York State Police This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk .