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.

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.


Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
SIGHT: The Story of Vision tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness including, an Iraqi war veteran’s vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury and a woman who is losing both her sight and hearing yet, refuses to stop achieving her dreams.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
This captivating film brings Kevin Kling’s tales from the stage to the screen.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Don't miss this warm-hearted documentary about acceptance and diversity.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:00pm
“It’s not what’s missing that’s important,” says wheelchair basketball player Nik Goncin, “it’s what’s there.”  WXXI is pleased to present Changing Sports, Changing Lives on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI WORLD.  
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. on WXXI WORLD. 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Roadtrip Nation shares inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success. 
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present SOAR Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:00pm
Autism: Disability or Gift?
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:00pm
Tells the inspirational stories of people who have disabilities or impairments but who focus on their abilities.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:30pm
Special Olympic Medalist Frankie Antonelli and his mom join Second Opinion medical panelists to discuss what it's like living with Down symdrome.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join WXXI and Al Sigl Community Agencies for a FREE pre-screening of Gabe – part of Dialogue on Disability special programming.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Buddy meets Dennis Deinocheirus – a kid who knows even more dinosaur facts than he does!
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30am
Prunella and Marina's first sleepover ends abruptly when Prunella insists on helping Marina, who is blind, with everything.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
The story’s threads will weave the tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science; technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision.


Program highlights from past years

Watch clips from previous Dialogue on Disability programs.

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Golisano Foundation - Imagine the possibilities!

Dialogue On Disability

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