“Move To Include” People with Disabilities

Move to Include LogoMove To Include is a partnership founded in 2014 between WXXI Broadcasting - a PBS member, including four television channels and six radio stations - and the Golisano Foundation.

It was designed to promote inclusion in all facets of life for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.


 

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InclusionDeskBannerThe Inclusion Desk is a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

 

Move to Include Launch

WXXI and the Golisano Foundation Launch Initiative to “Move To Include” People with Disabilities

Rochester, NY--April 2014--"MOVE TO INCLUDE will help people better understand what it means to be someone who lives with an intellectual or other disability," said Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation, which will provide $280,000 to WXXI for the initiative over the next two years. The Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

"We want to build a community that leads the way in celebrating abilities and fostering inclusion," said Costello. "We want to move beyond discussion and into action, encouraging people and showing people how they can put their good intentions to work, and lead the charge to leave no one out in our community. By working with WXXI we look forward to reaching out to people through TV, radio, films and online, building the momentum for this movement throughout the year."

From Dialogue on Disability with Al Sigl Community of Agencies, which debuted in 2003, to other programming, WXXI has reached nearly one million people to help break the ingrained stereotypes about individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The Address FilmThe initiative kicks off Monday, April 14th at 7 p.m. with a free screening of Ken Burns’ new documentary The Address at the Little Theatre. The film tells the story of Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address. The students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic, and social progress challenging. The Address will also air on WXXI-TV Tuesday, April 15 at 9 p.m.

"WXXI and the Golisano Foundation hope these films, television programs and news stories will motivate individuals to take action and to include more people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, neighborhoods and in all aspects of society," said Norm Silverstein, WXXI President. "People with disabilities have many extraordinary talents and, given the chance, can make important contributions to the quality of life in our community," he added.

In addition to primetime programming, WXXI-TV will present children’s programs that spotlight kids with disabilities. April programming includes an episode of Arthur, airing Sunday, April 27 at 9 a.m., which deals with a newly made friend who has Asperger's Syndrome. A complete list of programs can be found at WXXI.org/include. The web page is updated monthly with upcoming programs.

WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and program.

Awards and Honors

2017

Media Award
Name of Organization: Self-Advocacy Association of New York, Western New York Chapter
Recipient: WXXI (Elissa Orlando, VP of TV & News accepted the award)
Description: In recognition of the WXXI’s efforts in fostering inclusion and creating social change

Adele Carlson Advocacy Award 
Center for Disability Rights 
Recipient: Need to Know Host Hélène Biandudi Hofer 
Description: Helene was given the award in recognition of her extensive coverage on disability issues

Bronze Telly Award 
Telly Awards 
Recipient: Arts InFocus, Move to Include: NTID Dyer Arts Center (Todd McCammon, Exec Prod. accepted the award) 
Description: Honoring excellence in video and television, TV Shows/Segments – cultural category

2016

Bronze Telly Award 
Telly Awards 
Recipient: Move to Include: Positive Exposure (Todd McCammon, Exec Prod. accepted the award) 
Description: Honoring excellence in video and television, Best documentary category

New York Emmy 
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter 
Recipient: Homework Hotline’s Move to Include: 3D Printed Prosthetics(Todd McCammon, Exec Prod. accepted the award) 
Description: Honoring excellence in video and television, Best Health/Science: Program Features/Segment category

2014

New York Emmy Nomination
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter
Recipient: Move to Include: Positive Exposure (Todd McCammon, Exec Prod. accepted the award) 
Description: Human Interest: Program Feature category


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Move to Include Overview (PDF)

WXXI Move to Include Web site

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