disabilities http://wnpr.org en Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-asylum-saxophone-quartet <p>Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The story it tells is about how both&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capozziellos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20320 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' http://wnpr.org/post/ken-burns-tackles-lincoln-education-and-money-address The Ken Burns documentary <em>The Address</em>, premiering on most PBS stations Tuesday night, opens at the Greenwood School in Vermont, where students are being introduced to a longstanding tradition: studying the Gettysburg Address until they can recite it from memory in front of a large audience of students, staff and parents. If they succeed, they receive a special commemorative coin that is only given for this achievement. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:04 +0000 Linda Holmes 20180 at http://wnpr.org Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' Living With Multiple Sclerosis http://wnpr.org/post/living-multiple-sclerosis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The actresses Teri Garr and Annette Funicello, the television hosts Montel Williams and Neil Cavuto, the writer Joan Didion, Ann Romney, the wife of the presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the comedian Richard Pryor. These are some of the people that you quote-unquote know that have, or in Pryor's case had, Multiple Sclerosis.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:46:21 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 16875 at http://wnpr.org Living With Multiple Sclerosis Developmentally Disabled Children's Caucus Meets; Himes Speaks Out for Shoreline Residents http://wnpr.org/post/developmentally-disabled-childrens-caucus-meets-himes-speaks-out-shoreline-residents <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h-rOtgQ1t0M" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Intellectual and Developmental Disability Caucus met in Hartford on Friday to gather comments from state residents concerned about the long-term care of their adult developmentally disabled children. State &nbsp;lawmakers &nbsp;heard from many residents who worry about what will happen when they are no longer able to care for their children with autism and other disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:30:23 +0000 Teri McCready 16647 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Failed to Identify Students in Need of Special Education http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-failed-identify-students-need-special-education <p>The State Department of Education has determined that Bridgeport Public Schools have violated their obligation to students under the Individuals with Disabilities Act.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:18:32 +0000 Diane Orson 16023 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Failed to Identify Students in Need of Special Education East Hartford-Based Moonshiners Implement Inclusive Hiring Practices http://wnpr.org/post/east-hartford-based-moonshiners-implement-inclusive-hiring-practices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m with production manager </span>Eryka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wright on the shop floor of East Hartford-based Onyx Spirits Co. LLC,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which makes handcrafted Prohibition-era moonshine. While some workers carry boxes, Wright and one of her employees are doing the chicken dance. "We do random dance outbreaks to keep the blood flowing and keep the energy high," she said. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wright supervises employees with developmental disabilities. They're trained by MARC Inc., a state-funded, Manchester-based not-for-profit chapter of ARC, a national advocacy group for people with disabilities such as autism, Down's syndrome, and fragile X. The organization places workers at companies across Connecticut, including Bob’s Discount Furniture, Gerber Scientific, and McDonald’s franchises.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 14433 at http://wnpr.org East Hartford-Based Moonshiners Implement Inclusive Hiring Practices Veterans Affairs Backlog Drops; Critics Urge More Progress http://wnpr.org/post/veterans-affairs-backlog-drops-critics-urge-more-progress <p>Despite the federal government shutdown, there was a decrease this month in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backlog to process veterans' disability claims. The VA said pending cases dropped by 10,000 since September 28. But this doesn't mean the pressure is off the federal department to do more.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 9993 at http://wnpr.org Veterans Affairs Backlog Drops; Critics Urge More Progress The Distance Between Brothers http://wnpr.org/post/distance-between-brothers <p>P<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hotographer Christopher Capozziello<span style="color: rgb(136, 136, 136); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has been photographing his twin brother Nick for as long as he's been a photographer. Despite being twins, there was something between them: Nick was born with cerebral palsy. Chris was not.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:01:35 +0000 Tucker Ives 9740 at http://wnpr.org The Distance Between Brothers Life With Cerebral Palsy; "The Israeli Perspective"; and a Connecticut Pirate http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-israeli-perspective-and-connecticut-pirate <p>Photographer Christopher&nbsp;Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy. Chris was not.</p><p>The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;<a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a>. It tells the story about how both&nbsp;Capozziellos are living and coping with Nick’s condition.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:13:14 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 9753 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; "The Israeli Perspective"; and a Connecticut Pirate UConn Business Program for Veterans Begins Fourth Year http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-business-program-veterans-begins-fourth-year <p>The national unemployment rate for veterans has improved in recent years, hovering around the civilian rate of seven percent.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the height of the recession, returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed at nearly double the rate of non-veterans. A host of programs have been created to help former </span>servicemembers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;support themselves after their military service ended.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:38:14 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 8579 at http://wnpr.org UConn Business Program for Veterans Begins Fourth Year Lapointe's Lawyers Hoping For New Trial http://wnpr.org/post/lapointes-lawyers-hoping-new-trial <p>Lawyers for Richard Lapointe will argue for their client's right to a new trial today before the State Supreme court.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State prosecutors appealed last year's ruling by the state appellate court, which granted </span>Lapointe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a new trial.&nbsp;</span></p><p>This case has garnered national attention. Lapointe is an intellectually disabled man with Dandy-Walker syndrome. He was convicted in 1992 for the 1987 rape and murder of his wife's grandmother in Manchester.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:30:16 +0000 Ray Hardman 5055 at http://wnpr.org Lapointe's Lawyers Hoping For New Trial Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities http://wnpr.org/post/teaching-students-learning-disabilities <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20we%20live%2005-01-2013.mp3</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:38:20 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & Betsy Kaplan 772 at http://wnpr.org Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities Abnormal Placenta May Signal Autism Risk http://wnpr.org/post/abnormal-placenta-may-signal-autism-risk <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20130425%20autism%20risk.mp3</p><p></p><p>New research finds that abnormalities in an infant’s placenta at birth may signal that the baby is at risk for developing autism. This could help families intervene earlier to improve outcomes for autistic kids.</p><p>By the time a child is diagnosed with autism, they’re usually at least three or four years old.</p><p>But a new study finds that by examining a newborn’s placenta under a microscope, you can predict whether the child is at risk for developing the disorder.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:55:45 +0000 Diane Orson 792 at http://wnpr.org Redefining Disability http://wnpr.org/post/redefining-disability <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2004-04-2013.mp3</p><p>If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death. &nbsp;Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:36:14 +0000 John Dankosky 880 at http://wnpr.org Redefining Disability Does An Olympian On Carbon-Fiber Legs Have An Unfair Advantage? http://wnpr.org/post/does-olympian-carbon-fiber-legs-have-unfair-advantage <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2007-16-2012.mp3</p><p></p><p>When <a href="http://www.oscarpistorius.com/">Oscar Pistorius</a> runs, it seems like a miracle that he can run at all on those j-shaped carbon blades.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:43:33 +0000 Colin McEnroe 7568 at http://wnpr.org Does An Olympian On Carbon-Fiber Legs Have An Unfair Advantage? Asperger's Syndrome http://wnpr.org/post/aspergers-syndrome <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2011-02-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>There is one part of the autism spectrum with a specific name: <a href="http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms">Asperger’s Syndrome</a>.</p><p>Asperger’s is a relatively new diagnosis - it was just added to the DSM in 1994.</p><p>It’s said to be a “milder” form of autism... Those with Asperger's may face social challenges and sometimes develop unusual behaviors and interests.</p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:25:20 +0000 John Dankosky 8299 at http://wnpr.org Asperger's Syndrome