What exactly is neurodiversity?

Staff Perspectives

Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I am a high functioning autistic man diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about neurodiversity, especially in circles concerned with disability rights. As someone on the spectrum I feel it is important for people to understand what exactly neurodiversity is and why they have become hot topics in the realm of modern activism. What is neurodiversity? According to psychologist Thomas Armstrong, neurodiversity is variation within the brain regarding sociability, learning, and mental functions. Since the 1980s saw an increase in the diagnosis of autism …

The importance of educating medical residents

Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

It is with open arms that Kim Rinehart, former Director of Community Arts Connection (CAC), welcomes medical residents from UR Medicine’s Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) intern community rotation program. CAC supports adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with a focus on arts programming.  Between one and six medical residents visit the day service location in Brighton at a time. Residents are required to attend a variety of different local community programs to spend time anywhere a patient might receive services, for example a homeless shelter or CAC.   What do the residents learn while visiting? When residents arrive …

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Hiring people with disabilities is a social responsibility

Employment

Hiring people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is a social responsibility Instant Monogramming began in the living room of majority owner Debi Bloom 36 years ago. It is now a 13-person operation on University Avenue in Rochester, NY. Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Debi Bloom and part owner of the small business, is being honored as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) for their efforts in hiring and promoting people with disabilities. In response to their award Rebecca humbly states, “I am surprised and confused. We just try to be nice to everyone.” Our community is lucky to have …