Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:30pm - Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:30pm
In these three special episodes the Dragon Tales gang learns about the special abilities of their new friend Lorca, who happens to be in a wheelchair.
Dragon Tales: A New Friend airs January 18 at 12:30pm on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).There's a new Dragon in town-Lorca, a fun lovin', magic trick performin' extrovert who uses a purple wheelchair with sparkly wheels to get around. 'I can't walk, so I roll instead!' The gang is fascinated by the wheelchair, since they've never really seen one before, but are even more fascinated by the amazing treasure map that Lorca reveals! Looks to be quite an adventure, so they all start out immediately to find the X that marks the spot. Along the way, the gang encounters obstacles that block their path, but through teamwork and quick thinking, they're able to help each other through the Forest of Darkness, over a quickly flowing river and across a field filled with 'sleepytime fog!' And the buried prize? A box filled with spectacular kaleidoscopes resulting in the best treasure hunt ever!
Dragon Tales: A Small Victory airs January 20 at 12:30pm on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Quetzal gives the gang the task of collecting rare exotic plants to add to the School in the Sky garden. When Max is teamed with Lorca, he is worried that they can't handle very much -Max is small and Lorca is in a wheelchair. After Max tells Lorca about his frustration, Lorca shows him ways to overcome his physical limitations and to 'think of what you can do, not what you can't.' When they find their plant and cannot reach it, Max gets discouraged, but Lorca helps him to use a tool to retrieve it. They use their brains to help the others overcome challenges presented by their own exotic plants. In the end, Max realizes that with some brains and the right tools, he can do anything!
Dragon Tales: The Big Race airs January 22 at 12:30pm on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). It is the day of the Big Dragon Land Road Race. Teammates Lorca and Enrique get off to a great start on Lorca's modified wheelchair, but soon find themselves at a standstill when they can't work together. After getting advice from Quetzal, they realize that being a team means working together. They begin to pass their friends who are also having trouble cooperating and offer helpful teamwork suggestions for them. Enrique teaches a Spanish rhyme to Cassie and Emmy to help them pedal together, which comes in handy again when the entire gang ends up in a pile-up that entangles their go-carts. Stuck together, they head comically toward the finish line in a long train reciting the rhyme to keep in sync. Even though the team doesn't win the race, they learn a valuable lesson about cooperation and teamwork!
Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, is a week-long outreach initiative designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming broadcast on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 that celebrates the amazing lives of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 18-24. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.