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.

Featured Programming

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 9:00pm
This film tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
Four charismatic kids strive for acceptance in a world that is often, at best, indifferent to them.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:00pm
Celebrate the pioneering children's series that premiered nationally more than 50 years ago.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:00pm
In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. 
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00pm
When doctors told Michael and Maria McQuay that their son with autism would never be self-sufficient, the pair responded by seeking out a series of therapies and programs for him.
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:00pm
Explore the life of Itzhak Perlman, the famous Jewish violinist, a transcendent performer and polio survivor.

Recently Aired

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Join us for a unique experience as we come together to listen to selected excerpts from the award-winning podcast series EXITED. 
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. 
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.
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.
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Dialogue On Disability

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