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Settlement reached in lawsuit against Gates Chili over service dog

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 3:06pm
An effort by the parents of a Gates Chili student with disabilities to allow their daughter to use a service dog has been settled eight years after that battle began. Devyn Pereira needed the dog to help her get through the school day, but the district said her parents would need to provide a full-time dog handler. Five years ago, the U.S. Justice Department sued on behalf of Devyn, and this week, the settlement was announced. Devyn’s mother, Heather Burroughs, was pleased with the resolution of the long-pending case. "I’m more than excited that we finally reached the settlement, having Gates finally agree that they have to change their service dog policy so it’s compliant with ADA," Burroughs said. "This is just such a big victory for all parents with kids with special needs.” Burroughs said that her daughter is now entering 8th grade in the Hilton School District, and she’s doing very well there. "She handles her dog and she does it with pride and if we had believed what they told us

Willow and Deaf IGNITE announce partnership

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:50pm
Two organizations that have collaborated for several years have now announced a formal partnership to strengthen the ways this community responds to domestic violence and increase access to services and programs. Willow Center President and CEO Meaghan de Chateauview says staff from Deaf IGNITE, which advocates for Deaf domestic violence survivors, will join Willow, so now the center can offer specialized services. Rochester has one of the largest Deaf populations per capita in the country, and de Chateauview says an RIT/NTID study suggests that Deaf individuals are 1.5 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence. "The sexual assault stats are staggering, too," she said. "So we know that Deaf individuals are impacted significantly by this. And that the services perhaps are not as strong as they can be. One of our aims with this partnership is to really leverage the strength of each agency and make sure that we list those services for people.” She says with having Deaf IGNITE

How the Americans with Disabilities Act changed life for deaf people

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 3:48pm
Gerard Buckley still clearly remembers July 26, 1990. On that day, he stood alongside dozens of others in the White House Rose Garden, as then-President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. "It was really amazing," Buckley recalled. "It was everything I wish the country was today. The Republicans, the Democrats, the independents, the business community, leaders from the disability community all came together." That day, Buckley was a young deaf man. Today, he is president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The most important change the ADA brought to deaf people, in his estimation, was the ability to communicate more easily. In an essay for the nonprofit online platform The Conversation, Buckley pointed out that American Sign Language and the need for ASL interpreters has become more widely recognized since the passage of the ADA. Title III of the ADA requires public facilities such as museums, shopping centers, and hospitals to open

COVID-19 pandemic threatens the transit agencies that people with disabilities rely on

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 5:00am
Until recently, Sherrodney Fulmore rode a bus to get to and from his job at Wegmans. From his home in Rochester’s 19th Ward to the Holt Road Wegmans in Webster, the trip usually took about an hour, he said. Fulmore rode on the Regional Transit Service’s Access buses -- the smaller shuttle-size buses that offer curb-to-curb service for people with disabilities. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Rochester area, Fulmore stopped riding the bus. “We wanted to cut the chance of him getting sick,” said his father, Frank Fulmore. Now, Frank Fulmore drives his son to and from work. For Sherrodney, the commute is a lot shorter. He no longer shares a bus with other people who need to be picked up and dropped off at their own destinations before the bus arrives at Wegmans. For Frank, it’s a new commitment. He makes the 40-minute round-trip drive twice a day when Sherrodney works. Susan Dooha, the executive director at the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York , said many people