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 intiative is designed to stimulate commuv nity 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  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 INLCUDE. Dialogue on Disability will continue to take place in January as part of this new project.

The partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, is supported by the Golisano Foundation and part of Al Sigl’s Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series, funded by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.


Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 8:30pm
Rochesterian Vlad Stefanovic shares with the panel how Multiple Sclerosis has affected his life.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:00pm
The first-ever autobiographical documentary about physicist Stephen Hawking offers rare insights into Hawking's life.
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:30am
As part of this outreach initiative, WXXI presents a variety of children's programs that deal with disability issues.


Also on WXXI

Listen online here
A StoryCorps presentation about a young woman with an amazing spirit, who was born with CHARGE syndrome.

Program highlights from past years

Watch clips from previous Dialogue on Disability programs.

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Dialogue On Disability

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