Dialogue On Disability

Since 2003 WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies have worked together to help break the ingrained stereotypes about individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities with its week-long initiative, Dialogue on Disability. Held every January, the initiative is designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. In the first year, Dialogue on Disability reached 30,000 people. In 2013, it reached nearly 1 million people.

In an effort to continue its commitment to motivate individuals to take action and to include more people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, neighborhoods and in all aspects of society, WXXI has partnered with the Golisano Foundation in a two-year project called Move to Include. Dialogue on Disability will continue to take place in January as part of this new project.

Dialogue on Disability is a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. Dialogue on Disability is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation.

Coming Up

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Autism In Love follows the lives of four adults at different places on the autism spectrum opening up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 9:30am
As part of our Dialogue on Disability programming, WXXI is pleased to present the first documentary to explore autism as sensory-based experiences. 


Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
Renowned cornet virtuoso Jim Klages was at the height of his career when he was diagnosed with MS.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8:30pm
Rochesterian Vlad Stefanovic shares with the panel how Multiple Sclerosis has affected his life.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00pm
This captivating film brings Kevin Kling’s tales from the stage to the screen.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
What happens when love runs out of time?  For 92-year-old Mimi, who has spent her life caring for 64-year-old Dona, a daughter with an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
A nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Special Olympic Medalist Frankie Antonelli and his mom join Second Opinion medical panelists to discuss what it's like living with Down syndrome.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert plays here in Rochester.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:30pm
Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 9:00pm
Follow three young teens on the autism spectrum as they compete on a swim team.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 6:30pm
Join WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies for a FREE screening of The Rebound – part of Dialogue on Disability special programming.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 8:30am
Prunella and Marina's first sleepover ends abruptly when Prunella insists on helping Marina, who is blind, with everything.


Program highlights from past years

Watch clips from previous Dialogue on Disability programs.

In Partnership with...


Golisano Foundation - Imagine the possibilities!

Dialogue On Disability

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