Love Me As I Am

Love Me As I Am

Sat, 01/30/2021 - 11:00pm - 11:59pm

Straight-talking Australian relationship coach Liz Dore helps six young adults with intellectual disabilities find love and acceptance on their own terms.

Finding love can be a tricky business at the best of times, but for people with neurological diversity or learning disabilities such as Asperger’s or Down Syndrome, the challenges and stigma surrounding dating and relationships can be overwhelming. Love Me As I Am, airing Saturday, January 30 at 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows straight-talking relationship counselor Liz Dore on her mission to help six young adults with intellectual disabilities find love and acceptance on their own terms. This documentary is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies that celebrates people with differing abilities.

Dore’s pioneering program is put to the ultimate test as she guides this group on an adventure of a lifetime from awkward first dates to managing a relationship, with the eventual goal of taking them to their first debutante ball.

Dialogue on Disability, an initiative founded by WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies in 2003, celebrates people with differing abilities and promotes a more inclusive community. Presenting a week’s worth of TV and radio specials, news reports, and interviews on WXXI’s daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, the initiative is designed to encourage community discussion about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 25-31.

For a complete list of programs and other offerings, visit WXXI.org/dod. Dialogue on Disability is a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. The initiative is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation.

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