Disabilities http://wamc.org en "Good Kings, Bad Kings" By Susan Nussbaum http://wamc.org/post/good-kings-bad-kings-susan-nussbaum <p></p><p></p><p>Proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as a joy for readers-Susan Nussbaum’s made her debut as the 2012 winner of Barbra King Solver’s Pen Bellwether prize, for socially engaged fiction.</p><p>Inspired by Nussbaum’s personal experiences and told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, <em>Good Kings, Bad Kings</em>, pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated life inside the walls of an institution for young adults with disabilities.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79143 at http://wamc.org "Good Kings, Bad Kings" By Susan Nussbaum 20th Anniversary of Community Access to the Arts http://wamc.org/post/20th-anniversary-community-access-arts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.communityaccesstothearts.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Community Access to the Arts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is 20-years old this year. Based in Great Barrington, the non-profit was born when Sandy Newman coordinated one weaving workshop for 12 women with disabilities from The </span>Riverbrook<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Residence.</span></p><p>Today, CATA offers over 1000 individual arts workshops annually in its Great Barrington Studio as well as in 30 different health and human service organizations. 22 local artists are employed as faculty along with 6 full-time and 2 part-time staff.</p><p>There is a lot going on at CATA this anniversary year, founder Sandy Newman is here to tell us more along with Program Coordinator Bobbie Fachini. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69727 at http://wamc.org 20th Anniversary of Community Access to the Arts Empire Service Dog Program Annual Benefit http://wamc.org/post/empire-service-dog-program-annual-benefit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Service dogs help people with disabilities to lead more independent and productive lives. Most people are familiar with the work of search and rescue dogs and guide dogs. Service dogs are called upon to perform a multitude of tasks.</p><p>Dogs at a very young age can be taught to turn on/off light switches, open/close doors, retrieve dropped objects and assist in dressing and undressing. There are many intangible benefits gained in placing a service dog with the right person.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.empireservicedogs.org/">Empire Service Dog Program</a> is the only NYS organization north of New York City that breeds, trains and places Service Dogs with persons with disabilities. Their annual benefit is this Sunday from 5 to 8pm at the Italian American Community Center in Albany, NY.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61251 at http://wamc.org Empire Service Dog Program Annual Benefit Disabled Lobby for Funding Restoration in NY Budget http://wamc.org/post/disabled-lobby-funding-restoration-ny-budget <p>One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 59701 at http://wamc.org Disabled Lobby for Funding Restoration in NY Budget The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards http://wamc.org/post/henry-viscardi-achievement-awards <p></p><p>The Viscardi Center today announced the recipients of a new international award designed to identify and honor people living with disabilities for their work and influence on the global disability community of more than one billion people.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:00:26 +0000 Dave Lucas 59029 at http://wamc.org The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Mary Beth Pfeiffer - The Poughkeepsie Journal http://wamc.org/post/mary-beth-pfeiffer-poughkeepsie-journal <p>A congressional committee has been looking into why the federal government overpaid New York State by more than $10 billion for the care of developmentally disabled people in state developmental centers. Congress began its probe after reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Beth Pfeiffer, projects writer with the journal, says even though the overpayments were first detected in 2007, they still continued. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:40:47 +0000 Brian Shields 47598 at http://wamc.org