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.

Coming Up

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present Autism in Love on January 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. on WXXI World.  
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Don't miss this warm-hearted documentary about acceptance and diversity.  On the Other Side of the Fence chronicles the 30-year partnership between Philadelphia’s HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and the Germantown Friends School of Philadelphia, who together stage a musical each year that teaches and celebrates diversity. Discover the power of music and its ability to create friendships in this moving documentary on WXXI-TV on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 6 p.m.  
Thursday, January 26, 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 January 26, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
WXXI is pleased to present SOAR Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Roadtrip Nation shares inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success. In this episode, Being You follows the transformative journey of three young people—Stephanie, Noah, and Nicole—as they travel cross-country to find others who, like them, learn differently and have used that difference to build lives doing what they love. Roadtrip Nation: Being You airs on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 4am on WXXI-TV.   
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 - 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.  


Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 8:30pm
One of Rochester’s most well-known non-profit leaders, Dan Meyers joins WXXI President Norm Silverstein for an episode of Norm & Company


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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