disabilities

Adapting play for children of all abilities to enjoy

Jun 14, 2019
The ARC of Erie County

How does a child in a wheelchair enjoy a ride on a merry-go-round? Joyfully, if it's an adaptive merry-go-round.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Public listening sessions are being held over the next few weeks to study accessible ride sharing services for customers with disabilities. The New York State Transportation Company Accessibility Task Force was created as part of the legislation that made ride-sharing legal in Upstate New York. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports on some of the issues facing riders.

The Arc Erie County New York

Downtown social services agency The Arc Erie County is moving its administrative offices out of Buffalo and beefing up its services offered in the city for individuals with disabilities.

New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities

A significant change is coming to the way New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services. The next few months will be critical.

ADA advocates worried about new Republican bill

Feb 20, 2018
File Photo / National Public Radio

A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out. Advocates say the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Eric Greuschow

Physical disabilities do not have to become barriers to obtaining a quality education.

Scott Sackett

Stories on television and at the movies that include people with disabilities are becoming more prevalent.  But recent studies have found that while the disabled account for nearly 20% of the U.S. population, roughly 2% of characters portrayed on television and in major U.S. films are disabled.  The studies also found that the majority of those roles are still going to able-bodied actors. As part of his series on the arts and social integration, Arts & Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett visited with a playwright and theater director who, on the local scene, is giving disabled artists an audience and changing the public’s perceptions of disabled people.


Daemen College

Daemen College is launching a new athletics program that provides people with disabilities weekly opportunities to experience the excitement and camaraderie of sports.

The free program is not about wins and losses as much as it is about having fun, exercising and fostering sportsmanship, said Daemen Athletics Director Bridget Niland.

Mason's Mission Foundation

A new $500,000 playground is now open in Pendleton - but this is not just any playground. The family who raised the money for the project say for the first time, children and parents can play together in a truly 100 percent inclusive handicapped-accessible playground.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry is leaving “The Takeaway.” This is his last week as host of a program that attracts 2.7 million listeners.

WBFO file photo

Advocates for people who have disabilities were in that state capital Monday to lobby for an increase in state aid for independent living centers.

Online Screen Grab / WBFO News

The Cantalician Center for Learning celebrated the opening of its Diversified Labor Solutions division on Friday.