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Bridges4Kids LogoAdvocate, Mother of 24 Year Old Twins and 11 Year Old With Aspergers Syndrome is Making a Difference on WXRL Radio

Disability News & Views Press Release, December 12, 2004
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - "Disability News and Views," Western New York's only live talk show about living with disabilities, is for the first time bringing critical information to parents and families of the disabled as well as to those with disabilities themselves.

Broadcast on Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m., on WXRL 1300 AM the show provides information to families affected by disabilities on a broad range of topics that includes legal issues, diagnoses, the search for causes of disabilities, special education and the whole gamut of treatments, ranging from the traditional to alternative therapies.

The show's moderator and developer is Monica Moshenko, the mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome and director of Power Advocates, agency designed to assist parents of children with special needs through the special education system.

For five years, Moshenko has worked with families in Western New York, helping them navigate the many bureaucratic hurdles that exist in order for their children to gain access to the most effective and most appropriate treatment and education programs available.

"Many parents of children with disabilities are unaware of their rights under federal and state laws," Moshenko said. "While parents struggle with a myriad of challenges, medically, financially and emotionally, they cannot effectively advocate for their children's disabilities when they do not know their rights."

"My son Alex was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was six," said Moshenko. "Because of the early and intensive therapies Alex received in school and at home, such as speech and occupational therapy and social skills training, he goes to public school and is very much a typical ten-year-old. I wanted to make that difference in the lives of thousands of children with autism and other disabilities, so I met with owners of local radio stations and decided to host the show on WXRL Radio, a locally owned radio station." While Moshenko brokers the time to host the show, she has found companies who believe in her mission across the country and help support the costs of the radio show.

The show is being sponsored by Future Horizons of Arlington, Texas, a world leader in autism education; Laureate Learning of Winooski, Vermont, makes of research-based language software for speech pathologists, special educators and parents; ABC Therapeutics, a company based in NY that provides occupational therapy services and assessments including sensory integration therapy for children and Accelerations Educational Software from South Carolina featuring the DT Trainer, software that is specifically effective for individuals with autism and other learning disabilities, but is also beneficial for preschoolers. The company incorporates behavioral methods that allow even very low functioning individuals to usually become independent learners. More companies are joining these in the next month

Past guests on the show include Rosemarie Rosetti, "Ms. Wheelchair of Ohio" and author of Take Back Your Life; Dr. Doris Rapp, a board certified environmental medical specialist and author of Our Toxic World: A Wake up Call and Is This Your Child's World?; Al Condeluci, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy-Pittsburgh, a leading consultant on human services and community issues and Dick Gehring, executive director of Meals on Wheels WNY. You can access past shows online at www.disabilitynewsradio.com.

Future topics include spinal cord injuries, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, non-verbal learning disorders, special education law, mental retardation, sexuality, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, ADHD, Alzheimer's, diet and vitamin interventions, sensory integration and others. Each week listeners are inspired, educated and entertained by the guests!

Moshenko's ten year old son, Alex, will host a special show geared to kids with disabilities on December 26.

"Disability News and Views" can be heard throughout Western New York and in northern Pennsylvania and as far north as Toronto. A radio station in Kansas will be airing the DisAbility News & Views to be included as part of their weekly programming! Past shows are available online at www.disabilitynewsradio.com Moshenko plans to syndicate the radio show across the country so more people can hear the show live and interact with guests and topics each week.

For more information contact:

Monica Moshenko
Host, DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
PO Box 1077
Williamsville, NY 14231-1077
www.disabilitynewsradio.com
716-522-9185

    

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