Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts

Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:00pm

Autism: Disability or Gift? Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts, airing Thursday, January 26 ,2017 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, is a powerful depiction of the daily challenges faced by young people on the autism spectrum, and what creative therapies and art programs are available to stimulate the brain and help young people on the autism spectrum reach their highest potential.

Through eight compelling portraits, Generation A celebrates the talents of youths with autism, and provides them with a platform to speak openly about their struggles, as well as their hopes and dreams.

Viewers will examine how creative therapies and art programs in music, dance, art, animation, and more are being applied to stimulate the brain, encourage meaningful connections and social interaction, enhance speech and language, and build self-esteem.

This presentation of SIGHT is part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. It is part of a year-long initiative called MOVE TO INCLUDE, a project funded by the Golisano Foundation to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

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