Fri October 10, 2014

Advocacy group calls for more assistance for adult children with disabilities

Assemblyman Al Stirpe is joined by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair of the Assembly Mental Hygiene Committee, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney at an event advocating for families with developmentally disabled children.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Advocates for the disabled in central New York are calling for more housing and support for families with children who have disabilities. The focus is on help for families with adult children.

Barbara Resseguies' 28-year-old daughter has Down Syndrome and a dream to have her own apartment.

"Just a safe place she could get support and not be treated like a 10-year-old or 12-year-old," Resseguies said.

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Sat June 7, 2014

This week: progress against cancer; a new tool for diagnosing lung cancer

Cancer can be brought under control in this century, the leader of the American Cancer Society said during a recent trip to Syracuse. More advocacy is key, said John Seffrin, the society’s chief executive officer.

“We have to have people speak up and say, ‘we need more money for research,’ ‘we need to insure that people are protected from second-hand smoke,’ and ‘we need to make sure that if someone has cancer, they get the care they need,’” Seffrin said.

Already, medical science knows how to prevent more than half of all cancers from occurring, Seffrin said.

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