From the President

 

Happy New Year!

I hope your holidays were shared with family and friends and that you are looking forward to 2018. One of our wishes for the New Year is to help build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities of all people. That’s what our continued partnership with Al Sigl Community of Agencies and our Dialogue on Disability initiative is all about.

For more than a decade this initiative has featured special programs that spotlight the abilities of people with disabilities and encourage dialogue about the vital role inclusion plays in our community. This year we’re hosting a free screening of The Rebound, an award-winning film that follows an underfunded Miami wheelchair basketball team for their first-ever national championship. It will screen at the Little Theatre on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. We will also have prime time specials, news reports, and community conversations on Connections with Evan Dawson. For a complete list of all programming, visit: WXXI.org/dod.

The vital work of Dialogue on Disability has served as a model for our Move to Include initiative. Al Sigl and WXXI envisioned a project with even bigger community impact and together we worked with the Golisano Foundation to create Move to Include, a project that encourages thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled year round.

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A few of my proudest moments of 2017

As we enter the holiday season and approach the end of 2017, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. In addition to compelling programming from NPR, PBS and the Little Theatre, we are proud of our many events and opportunities to engage with our community. I don’t have space for everything, but I’m pleased to share some of the highlights of the year.

From WXXI News' Inclusion Desk comes a podcast about eight young people with disabilities transitioning into adulthood

This month our news department has launched a new podcast called Exited, which introduces listeners to a group of teens with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. The podcast is led by reporter Karen Shakerdge from WXXI News’ Inclusion Desk, which is a multi-platform reporting effort to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion.

Tune in to AM 1370 for election night coverage on November 7th

In preparation of Election Day, our news department has been working hard to bring you information about local political candidates and their platforms. I hope you have had a chance to hear many of the candidates on Connections with Evan Dawson, and tuned in for our Monroe County Sheriffs Debate last week.

As our community faces an opioid problem, Second Opinion brings you an evening of valuable information

According to state and local health departments, the number of deaths related to opioid and heroin use is on the rise in Monroe County. To shed light on what law enforcement and health care providers are calling an “epidemic”, WXXI-TV and its national healthcare series Second Opinion will devote an evening of special programming on the issue on Thursday, October 26th.