Are You Crazy?!

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Odds are that at one point or another, you have been referred to as “crazy”.  If you are anything like me, you question your sanity on a regular basis.  Oftentimes this declaration follows an emotional response that seems out of proportion to the intensity of the situation at hand.  In this blog series, I would like to explain what is truly happening here and what we can do about it. Emotions are OK Let me point out that your emotions, regardless of how illogical they appear, are not wrong.  In fact, your feelings probably would make a lot of sense … Read More

Launching a New Service

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It is not every day that you get to be a part of the launch of a brand new service but here at Community Arts Connections (CAC) I have been lucky enough to be part of the process twice. The first was in the summer of 2012 when Community Connections was launched to fill the upstairs space at 985 Elmwood Avenue. The second was April 23rd, with the first day of the aptly named “Encore”. Encore is a respite service, a wraparound program for socialization and leisure; and while I believe the initial seven people who joined us yesterday experienced … Read More

Adults with Autism

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Amy Albanese, Community Resource Specialist, earned her Autism Certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.  The certification training program covered topics such as early intervention, living with autism, and acceptance.  Below are her key takeaways from a presentation by Kerry Magro, Autism Advocate. “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults” by Kerry Magro Kerry Mangro didn’t speak until he was two-years old and was eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  His parents were his biggest advocates and focused on what they could do to help him.  After 15 years of occupational, physical … Read More

How We Can All Help Glass Children

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By staff writer, Alison Cundy Glass Children While doing research, I unearth a video by Alicia Arenas, who calls herself a “Glass Child.”   This term is brand new to me.  Glass children are siblings of a person with a disability.  The word glass means people tend to see right through them and focus only on the person with the disability.  ‘Glass’ is also used because the children appear strong, but in reality are not.  These children have needs that are not being met. I am not a glass child, but I know families with children who have intellectual or developmental … Read More

Camaraderie in the Workplace

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As an Assembly Operator I work side by side with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Working alongside people with disabilities has shown me what simple kindness is. Inclusion and Disabilities in the Workplace Over the years I’ve been here I have seen so many wonderful relationships bloom between co-workers with and without disabilities. We aren’t just co-workers we are friends. Simple Kindness While I was working with Alex he showed me kindness. Alex and I had been discussing when our birthdays were and mine was coming up very soon.  Alex takes the RTS Bus to work every day … Read More

Inclusion in Rochester

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Inclusion in Rochester with Barbara Wale, CEO, Arc of Monroe Written by Alison Cundy, Staff at Arc of Monroe I had the good fortune to sit down with Barb Wale and hear her experiences working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also shared her views on inclusion in the Rochester area. Barb began her career forty years ago as a Speech Pathologist and recalls how at that time the community seemed more afraid of people who had disabilities.  Maybe they were uncomfortable with people who were different and weren’t sure how to interact, or what to say.  … Read More