“Move To Include” People with Disabilities

Move to Include is a national initiative using the power of public media to promote inclusion.

Move To Include is a multimedia initiative that was founded in 2014 as a partnership between WXXI Public Media in Rochester, NY ( a PBS member) and the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Move to Include 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 are building a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.

The Foundation has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include.

National Expansion of Move to Include

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognized the importance of the Move to Include model and awarded WXXI Public Media a grant to expand efforts to five additional public media stations. WXXI Public Media is leading the expansion of the successful six-year initiative.  Move to Include PBS affiliate stations include: WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and Iowa Public Television. Each station organizes its own community partnerships, acquire and create content, and provide outreach, engagement, and promotion for the initiative. The expansion kicked off in July 2020 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

Move to Include PBS Learning Media

This collection of videos and activities, targeting Grades 5-12, comes from Move to Include, the multi-platform public media initiative designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. The initiative looks to inspire and motivate people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. Move to Include also seeks to elevate the voices of people with different abilities in telling their own stories.

Each segment has been carefully selected to engage students in concepts of inclusion across the curriculum, and incorporates activities, online resources, and videos to address topics and standards across science, technology, engineering, English language arts, health and physical education, the arts and more. Topics include: Assistive Technologies, Education, Careers, Disabilities & Different Abilities, The Arts & Music, and Sports & Recreation.

Move to Include On-Demand Video from PBS and your partner stations

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Exited Podcast Series

ExitedBannerSmallExited explores this moment through the experiences of eight young people and their families. It's about growing up and trying to find a place where you belong -- when you've been told your whole life that you're different.

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Inclusion Desk

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.

 

Transition Resources for Youth & Young Adults

Here's a list of resources available for young people with disabilities transitioning into adulthood.

 

 

 

Best Buddies Conversations

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These videos share conversation with Best Buddies, special friendships happening across New York State. Best Buddies has strong programs that enrich the lives of youth and adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Its friendship programs are supported by local special events as well as private and corporate contributions.  The Golisano Foundation provides support to Best Buddies programs in Southwest Florida and Western NY.

 

 


NEWS

Move to Include Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act with Special Programming

Five Additional PBS Stations Join the Initiative Nationally

Rochester, NY –July 17, 2020 –July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President George H. W. Bush’ssigning into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. To commemorate this landmark law, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation will present special programming, virtual screenings, and news features. The programming is part of Move to Include, a national initiative founded in Rochester by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation that has been expanded to five other communities thanks to a grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Move to Include uses the power of public media to break the stereotypes of individuals with disabilities. WXXI is leading this national effort in Rochester and with PBS affiliates WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse), and Iowa PBS. All six stations will spotlight disability issues and people with differing abilities in their communities through television, radio, news, special events, and social media.

In Rochester, WXXI will host a live forum that explores the unique challenges people living with disabilities have faced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. WXXI LIVE FORUM: The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities airs Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV and simulcast on AM 1370. It will also stream on WXXINews.org and @WXXINews on Facebook Live. Hosted by Evan Dawson of WXXI News’ Connections, local people with disabilities will discuss how disparities they face in health care and society have been exacerbated by the pandemic. They’ll also explore how they expect issues related to access and inclusion will change after the pandemic ends. Panelists include: Jeiri Flores, disability advocate; Jerri Lynn Sparks, a regional lead of the Finger Lakes chapter of the NY Alliance for Developmental Disabilities, human rights advocate, and loving mother of an adult son with autism who lives in a group home; Malik Paris, Deaf performance artist; and Stephanie Woodward, J.D., disability rights advocate with Disability Details.

Additional programming, special events, and news coverage include:

The WXXI News Inclusion Desk, which is the reporting arm of the Move to Include initiative, will continue its year-round efforts to inform listeners and readers about issues in the disability community. During this July focus period, WXXI News reporters will produce a wide variety of stories on topics from the arts to independent living  issues to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected those with disabilities. The stories will broadcast on AM 1370 and FM 88.5 and online at WXXINews.org.

Men Caring
Saturday, July 25 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV
This film tells the story of three men who are the primary caregivers for adults with disabilities.

Move to Include Showcase 
Sunday, July 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD (DT 21.2/cable 1275)
The WORLD channel will showcase content created by the six Move to Include stations with special documentaries and programs.

Move to Include: Vision Portraits Virtual Screening
Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. on ZOOM
The WORLD Channel hosts this virtual screening of several sequences of the film Vision Portraits and a Q&A with Rodney Evans, acclaimed director of the film. In Vision Portraits, Evans faces the partial loss of his vision and embarks on a quest to learn how several blind and low vision artists have continued to create art and how their journeys might impact his own.

Perfectly Normal for Me
Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD (DT 21.2/cable 1275)
An after-school dance program for kids with physical disabilities prepares for a spring recital.

Arts InFocus: De’Via: Deaf View/Image Art
Online at ArtsInFocus.TV
De'VIA - Deaf View/Image Art is the genre of visual art that began in 1989 and explores the Deaf experience and Deaf culture.  In this segment, WXXI visits Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery and the "De'VIA: The Manifesto Comes of Age" and speaks with the artists and curators involved with this unique movement.   

For a complete list of local programming and more information on the list above visit: WXXI.org/include

Move to Include was launched in 2014 as a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include in Rochester. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the initiative a $645,000 grant to help expand the multimedia initiative to these five public media organizations over 16 months. The stations are creating programming to meet their community needs while expanding awareness regionally and nationally. To learn more about this initiative, the work of all six stations, and more, visit movetoinclude.us.

WXXI LIVE FORUM: The Impact of COVID-19 is made possible with support from the Golisano Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. 


Move To Include Expanding to Indianapolis, Oregon, Southwest Florida, Syracuse and Iowa

Rochester, NY--September 20, 2019 – Public television station WXXI announced today that it will lead a pilot project to expand its innovative Move to Include project to promote inclusion in five new communities across the country. Funded by a $645,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), this 16-month project will scale up the multimedia initiative, developed by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation that combines content production, curation, and engagement to encourage dialogue about disability issues. 

“People with disabilities make up our single largest minority in this country,” explains WXXI President & CEO Norm Silverstein. “Now we’re proud to pilot Move to Include in five additional communities, using public media’s many platforms to promote equity and inclusion. Through Move to Include, we hope to build more inclusive communities by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.”

With more than 15 years of experience in programming and producing disability-related content, WXXI will lead a collaboration of partner stations: WFYI (Indianapolis)OPB (Oregon)WGCU (Southwest Florida)WCNY (Syracuse), and Iowa Public Television.  Each station will work to organize community partnerships, acquire and create content, and provide outreach, engagement, and promotion for the initiative. They will also contribute content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students free of charge.

“Public media belongs to everyone, and Move to Include is an important part of our mission to ensure inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “CPB is proud to support this effort to replicate through locally owned and operated public media stations, a community-based model that truly works.”

WXXI will create and manage a national Move to Include website to serve as a unified hub and oversee a unified strategy for sharing and reposting related content on social media.

The national project is slated to kick off July 2020 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

WXXI has been providing focused coverage of disabilities for the past 15 years, when it partnered with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies to produce the one-week initiative, Dialogue on Disability,. In 2014 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation, Move to Include was formed, enabling WXXI to dedicate its efforts throughout the year. WXXI has continued to expand production and add digital platforms to innovative programming with the support of $1 million from the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Move to Include encompasses PBS KIDS programs, prime-time curated TV specials, news and arts features, radio talk shows, educational segments, social media and online content, and in-person film events and screenings at the Little Theatre, WXXI’s independent cinema. Additional assets include EXITED, a five-part podcast series that shares the stories of eight young people as they navigate life transitions; The Inclusion Desk, a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion; and a collection of 50 video segments on inclusion is distributed nationally through PBS LearningMedia, the go-to destination for classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio, photos and lesson plans.

Move to Include reaches approximately 1 million people each year. Independent evaluation of the project’s first year indicates impact from within and outside the disabilities community.  WXXI has received a New York State Emmy award, several Telly awards and other media awards and, more significantly, community service awards from New York State Self Advocacy Association, for Move to Include’s attention to ensuring that a diverse set of voices is heard on our air, online, and in digital and community spaces.


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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