A recent survey found that only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States are employed. That includes several thousand individuals in Greater Cincinnati. For years, training centers or sheltered workshops have provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities. But there is a current push in many states to close these centers and direct individuals towards community-based employment. But incorporating people with intellectual disabilities into the general workforce is a challenge.
Kim Nuxhall, son of Cincinnati legend Joe Nuxhall, is carrying on his father's dreams to provide a safe, happy place for children of all abilities to play baseball. The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields will be adding additional safe playground areas near their ballfields, and Kim Nuxhall and fellow board member Larry Tischler join us with an update of the Miracle League Fields.
Imagine if Carl Lindner never tried an ice cream cone. That intriguing thought is put forth by Starfire, a local organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities, as it invites people to its third-annual Starfire 3-Day "un"-conference. The free event starts off August 26 with a blank schedule, which is filled by guests offering classes and presentations on a variety of topics.
Visionaries + Voices is one of this area’s unique arts organizations, dedicated to showcasing and developing works from artists with a variety of disabilities. New programs are also allowing the artists to teach their talents to children and adults. Krista Gregory, exhibitions director, and Samantha Charek, educational outreach director, join Jane Durrell to talk about the wide-range of programs and events organized by V+V.