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 year-long initiative called Move to Include. Dialogue on Disability continues to take place in January as part of Move to Include.

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.

Featured Programming

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 6:00am
Classical 91.5 celebrates the musicians who compose and perform no matter what challenges they face.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 6:30am
D.W. loves the Princess Platoon series--until she realizes that it doesn’t represent everyone.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
British documentarian Richard Macer embarks on a journey across the United Kingdom with his dyslexic son, Arthur. 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 9:00pm
Once labeled a "youth-at-risk," 30-year-old Matt Rutherford risked it all in an attempt to become the first person to sail alone, and nonstop around North and South America.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8:00pm
This film shares the story of a group of children with varying abilities that come together to create an unprecedented performance and change their community forever.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:30pm
Two hundred students of all abilities representing the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's (SPARC) “Live Art” program perform alongside nationally renowned artists and musicians in an unforgettable night of music, dance and visual arts.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am
WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies are pleased to bring walkaround Julia, Sesame Street’s first muppet on the autism spectrum, to the Golisano Autism Center.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
This film profiles the determination of a profoundly deaf boy and his family as they work together to find ways for Darren to communicate. 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 4:30pm
Men Caring tells the story of three men who are the primary caregivers for adults with disabilities.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm
In this episode meet RIT alumni and furniture maker Wendy Maruyama, who shares her craft and the challenges related to her deafness and disability. 

Recently Aired

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 8:30am
Peg needs help from a new friend who is different from herself.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:00am
This documentary tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness. 
Monday, September 2, 2019 - 9:00pm
This documentary tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness. 
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:00pm
Explore the life of Itzhak Perlman, the famous Jewish violinist, a transcendent performer and polio survivor.


Dialogue On Disability

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