S.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Rally

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The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council took their message on the road Friday, bringing its Legislative Rally to legislators across Staten Island.  Here is their first stop, where Senator Anthony Lanza had a spirited discussion with the Council regarding new housing for people with disabilities and increasing salaries for direct care professionals.

A video of the rally will follow.

Photos: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

Coming Soon: MakerSpace & Living w/Downs

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Currently in production: video features exploring Down Syndrome and Staten Island MakerSpace.

1: Filming of Living with Down Syndrome: Featuring Eric Schwacke. (Photo: Jonathan Chernok)

2: Anthony DiFato conducting an interview at Staten Island MakerSpace. (Photo: Gregory Perosi)

Schumer’s Disability Integration Act

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Sen. Charles Schumer touted his Disability Integration Act  at Staten Island’s Elizabeth Connelly Center on January 11, 2016.  Life-Wire News Service was on hand to cover the press conference.

cropSen. Charles Schumer interviewed by Anthony DiFato, Life-Wire News Service.

Photos: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

Life-Wire 8 Big 2016 Predictions

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We asked our Life-Wire News Crew to make their predictions for 2016. Here are their prognostications:

  1. The Giants will whoop the Jets in the Superbowl 50. -Mike Cilmi.
  2. The 75th Anniversary of Disney’s Dumbo will be a major story in 2016. -Andrew Moszenberg.
  3. In 2016, a mechanical suit to help people with Cerebral Palsy walk will go into production. -Joseph Padalino.
  4. Sherlock Holmes 3 with Robert Downey, Jr. will be a major hit in 2016. -Anthony DiFato.
  5. There will be motels in space in 2016.  -Sam Stone.
  6. There will be peace in Iraq in 2016.  -Dolores Palermo.
  7. The Bulls will face the Knicks in the 2016 NBA Finals.  -Jonathan Chernok and Roy Aguis.
  8. The Beatles will reunite in 2016, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with Dhani Harrison and Sean Lennon. -Anthony Buscarello.

IMG_0295 crop(Left to right): Life-Wire News Service journalist Andrew Moszenberg and locations director Megan Welch ring in the new year. -Photo: Anthony DiCostanzo.

Greenbelt Screens “Autism in Love”

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Can we love against the odds? is a question that anyone might ask. But the question becomes more complicated when autism enters the equation. This problem is explored in Independent Lens’ Autism in Love, premiering on PBS, Jan. 11, 10-11 p.m. (Eastern). Life-Wire News Service attended a screening sponsored by Thirteen/WNET at The Greenbelt Recreation Center on December 15th and posed questions about the film and about relationships where disabilities are present. The panel, hosted by Bill Lacurtis, Manager of the Greenbelt Recreation Center, included Scott Salinardi, COO of Lifestyles for the Disabled; Chris Marchionne, Executive Director of PCCS (Person Centered Care Services), Inc.; and Gina Piersanti Gioe, Program Director for AHRC Inc.‘s Programs Without Walls Intitative.