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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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Challenger Miracle Field gets grant to expand

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 10:01am
The Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester has received a significant grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. Just over $487,000 will go towards the construction and operation of their inclusive complex in Webster, which makes sports more accessible for children with disabilities. President of the Board of Directors for Challenger Miracle Field, Ron Kampff says part of that money will go towards phase two of the field’s buildout . "The big bathrooms for wheelchairs, concession stand, a pavilion for the kids and players and families to gather, also a storage area. It’s just anything that any other little league facility would have for everyone." Locally, 400 participants play on nine challenger teams. Kampff wants the building to be a place parents and players can hang out after a game, especially as uses for the field continue to grow. "They played flag football in the fall, it was great, and once the weather breaks they’ll be playing soccer and whatever other sports you can

Musician redefines herself after hearing loss

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 5:12pm
Gaelen McCormick has been losing her hearing, to varying degrees over several years as a result of Ménière’s disease – a condition that also causes vertigo and tinnitus. "My husband and I have a morning ritual. Wake up, and the first thing he says, is “I love you” and the next thing I can say is “I can hear you” or “I can’t hear you” – and that’s how we start our day." The loss of hearing was a particular challenge for McCormick because of her profession: she is a musician. She actually stopped being able to hear out of one ear 12 years ago, but kept it a secret. That stopped being an option when the hearing in her other ear started fluctuating: "In the years leading up to it, some days I would hear fine, some days I would hear fine with distortion, some days my hearing would drop 50 percent, 70 percent, and I would just be like, do I go to the concert tonight? Do I call in sick? What do I do about this? And I never ever knew." McCormick recently started to speak publicly about the

Autism advocates hope to foster awareness and acceptance

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:18am
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. A local advocate says most people are aware of the condition, with one in 68 children getting the diagnosis. But Rachel Rosner, director of education for AutismUp, says there's still room for improvement on the acceptance part. Rosner hopes people can move closer to understanding and respecting the rights of those on the autism spectrum to live and thrive in their communities. "Sometimes you think you know what's going on with a person you see with their child walking down the street or maybe in the aisle of the grocery store. You might not know, so rather than passing judgment on something that you don't know about, we just want people to be open to the possibility that everyone is doing the best they can." As part of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, Autism Up is offering a series of events and activities . They include a free, four-day training program to help parents and caregivers understand disability rights and special

WATCH: Ending the R-word

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 5:00am For 10 years Rochester has joined communities around the country to help do one thing: put an end to a word individuals with disabilities call offensive and derogatory - the R-word - meaning “retard” or “retarded.” It’s all part of an initiative spearheaded by the Golisano Foundation called: Spread the Word to End the Word. It’s linked to a national campaign launched by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the damaging impact of a word gone wrong.

Annual campaign to end the "R-Word" underway

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:36pm
Monroe County, the town of Irondequoit, the city of Rochester and the state of New York all marked Wednesday, March 7, as “Spread the Word to End the R-Word," day, an effort led locally by the Golisano Foundation. That R-Word is "retard" or "retarded," considered offensive and derogatory to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Evalyn Gleason, grants coordinator for the Golisano Foundation. "It’s as derogatory as any other slur that there is. The R-word is a slur toward people with intellectual disabilities, and it hurts them and their families the same way that many other slurs hurt people of different ethnicities and backgrounds, as well,” she says. Best Buddies International and Special Olympics began Spread the Word to End the Word in 2009, and the Golisano Foundation was on board a year later. Gleason says they’re one of the largest private family foundations that funds organizations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “It

Athletes hit the rink & snow for 2018 Special Olympics

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:46pm
Thousands of athletes participated in the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games Saturday. The second floor of the convention center was packed with volunteer’s coaches and athletes getting ready for a full day of floor hockey. Teams from all around the state made the trip to participate. Andy Watson was with his team from Brooklyn, he’s been coaching for over 30 years. He talked about what being a part of the Special Olympics means to him. "How would I say it, improvement of our individual’s quality of life. And that’s bio, psycho and social components. So we're talking about health, mental, as well as what they do as far as jobs and families and turning into young men and women." One of his players, David Ritwo has been playing for almost just as long. He plays center and defense. "It means together. It means one big happy family. We just come together and join and its for people to get to know each other, new people, make new friends. Just enjoy life as much as you can with