“Move To Include” People with Disabilities

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Move 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.

 

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NEWS

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 iniative, 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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Move to Include Overview (PDF)

WXXI Move to Include Web site

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