Inclusion Desk

Tabitha Jacques, Susan Murad, and Kira Avery

In this segment of StoryCorps Rochester, Tabitha Jacques talks to her friend and colleague, Susan Murad, about deaf art and culture, the De'VIA movement, and how the hearing community can be better advocates and allies to the deaf community. She speaks through her interpreter, Kira Avery.
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Thu, 06/09/2022 - 5:21am
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Employers are offering better pay, benefits and personal support to hire and keep home care aides

The lack of home care aides is a crisis for the people and families who depend on them. With support from the Solutions Journalism Network, WXXI worked with other regional news partners to cover possible solutions to the problem.
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Thu, 06/02/2022 - 11:32am
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Local advocates call on state leaders to expand housing options for people with disabilities

On Thursday, AutismUp, the Golisano Autism Center and Homesteads for Hope held a news conference in support of two pieces of state legislation that would expand housing programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
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Thu, 05/12/2022 - 2:06pm
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Success coaches help workers with problems outside the workplace. That helps their employers, too

Some people with disabilities need help around the clock and agencies can provide that in residential home settings. But across the state, agencies are struggling to hire and keep staff.

WXXI’s April Franklin has more on how one local agency is trying a new approach to retain employees by helping them with problems that occur outside of work, too.



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Wed, 05/11/2022 - 5:47am
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Infants and toddlers with disabilities need more support from NY state, advocates say

Parents and advocates say the recently adopted New York state budget does not deliver on early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
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Wed, 04/13/2022 - 7:34am
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Oscar winner CODA a point of pride at RIT/NTID

The movie CODA was a big winner in Sunday night’s Academy Awards, and the film and the recognition it received is especially important to Rochester’s large Deaf community.
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Mon, 03/28/2022 - 1:40pm
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New York's home aide shortage keeps man from living in his own house

Flip Rivera has been fighting through a complicated and arduous process to be able to live independently since 2010. He spent tens of thousands of dollars to have his new house renovated to be more accessible.

However, because of a shortage of home care aides, he is still living as a long-term resident at Monroe Community Hospital.

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Thu, 02/24/2022 - 11:39am
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Governor names Kim Hill as New York's first chief disability officer

Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed Kim Hill as the first person to the post, which will be located in her executive offices and advocate for issues and rights for people with disabilities.
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Mon, 02/14/2022 - 12:38pm
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Adaptive skiers beat the COVID winter blues with the help of a local program at Swain

It's been around for decades, but a local adaptive ski program has provided a much-needed reprieve for people of all abilities, especially during the last two winters of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mon, 02/14/2022 - 10:12am
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The worker shortage's big impact on people with developmental disabilities

For 10 years, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration held back cost of living increases for workers who provide essential services to people with developmental disabilities. Now group homes struggle to hire staff, and the shortage is altering the lives of the people who rely on those workers.
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Tue, 02/08/2022 - 5:32am
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