All posts tagged: Disabilities

Opengate Inc. Autism Awareness

Opengate, Inc. Lights Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

  Officially April 2 is deemed World Autism Day and across the world it’s celebrated by lighting up blue on buildings, homes, and businesses to bring attention to autism. April is also National Autism Awareness month set aside to educate communities and bring awareness to autism. Promoting and recognizing the complexities of autism, as well as fostering inclusion and acceptance, is a large part of the planned activities at organizations like Opengate who serve many individuals diagnosed with autism. Liz Dama, who works with individuals in our Day Program, has declared “Blue Tuesdays” during the month of April where everyone wears blue in recognition of the national campaign, Light it Up Blue. The accepted symbol for autism awareness is puzzle pieces of many colors representing the complexity of the condition. Each color reveals an enhancement of the nature of autism, as well as the possibilities for a life well lived through proper understanding and awareness. “Interests and talents can turn into careers. Developing and nurturing these unique abilities can make life more fulfilling for a …

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Shattered Lives: Diane Weaver Dunne and CRIS Radio Brings Programs to the Impaired

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE In the day and age when news and information is brought to the public in an instant through television, radio and the internet, Diane Weaver Dunne realized that there was a segment of the population who was underserved. Those who are visually or otherwise impaired were not getting the same services from the mainstream media outlets. This led Dunne to leave her post as the managing editor of the Hartford (CT) Business Journal and accept a position as executive director of CRIS Radio, a Windsor-based nonprofit organization that provides news and information to people with visual, learning, mental health or physical disabilities. The programming has been geared more toward the adult listeners, but now Weaver Dunne is adding children’s programming, which will be available on-line and On Demand. July 1. The Kid’s On-Demand programs will focus on science, technology, environment/nature and math …

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Shattered Lives: Anna Doroghazi Talks About Sexual Assault of the Disabled

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE Individuals with disabilities, Native American women, immigrants, LGBT individuals, and other members of marginalized communities face high rates of sexual violence. This increased violence can be partially attributed to society’s attitudes about these communities and to laws and policies that prevent them from accessing justice. Anna Doroghazi, the Director of Public Policy and Communication at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, will talk about why certain communities are more likely to experience abuse and what efforts are currently underway to make this abuse less likely. The hour may not be enough to fully discuss all of the points below, but promises to be filled with information! 1. Update on the Richard Fourtin case (Connecticut’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman who can only communicate at a 3-year-old’s level.)   Summary of the …

Susie Kroll and Donna Gore Tapped With Regular Columns On Here Women Talk EZine!

Susie Kroll and Donna Gore have been invited to participate in something new at Here Women Talk, a social network community with a twist.  Here Women Talk has branched out with their own Ezine in order to give their members a more visible platform to express themselves.  Along with their radio station broadcasting fabulous shows each day, members, and the entire internet population, is given another way to connect with each other. Both Susie Kroll and Donna Gore have tons of information to offer.  They are amazing women in their respective fields of expertise and readily share their knowledge, research and ideas with others. Donna’s column, aptly titled “LadyJustice” will give readers a broad look into the justice system from the perspective of one who’s been there.  She will also touch on issues surrounding justice for marginalized populations such as the disabled, LGBTQ and, thrown in for good measure, a few personal stories and reviews. Susie’s column, “It’s About Your Teen”  will be a mix of informative posts along with Question&Answer. Targeted at both teens and parents of teens, …

Ward Foley Appearing on The Next Frontier

The Next Frontier With Guest Ward Foley and host Anne Barbano Listen LIVE: http://www.theradiator.org/ Ward Foley, author of “Thank My Lucky Scars” and noted speaker, will be appearing on The Next Frontier with host Anne Barbano on Thursday, June 30 at 6pm ET.  The Next Frontier is a weekly radio show concentrating on those with autism and disabilities. Anne Barbano is the director, writer, and producer of LIVING THE AUTISM MAZE, a film about the difficulty of family life living with autism.  Parents talk in the film about poorly coordinated programs, educators and therapists with no training in autism, and bad advice.  An honest and powerful film, it has helped many to see what it’s like to live with the diagnosis of autism. Ward Foley, affectionately known as “Scarman,” is an author, speaker, husband, father, and friend.  Ward has also been a Little League coach, cross-country bicyclist, and more – all as part of his lifelong campaign to share happiness and peace.   Born with Arthrogryposis, a rare non-degenerative condition, he has  persisted through numerous surgeries, disfigurement and pain.  …