July 13, 2020

Check out these shows that feature people with differing abilities.

Check out these shows that feature people with differing abilities.

July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. In celebration of this civil rights law, WFYI joins five other public media partners in the Move to Include initiative, created by WXXI Public Media in Rochester, New York.

Through Move to Include, WFYI aims 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. Throughout July, we are offering special programs across platforms featuring people with differing abilities.

Connect with these conversations online through the #MoveToIncludeWFYI hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too. 

Watch a recording of our virtual conversation from July 30. 

  • "Disabilities and Health Inequties: A Live Coversation" July 30 at 7 p.m.
    People living with disabilities are consistently more likely to have poorer health outcomes than those without them. Why is that still the case 30 years after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act? And what can be done to address this inequality?

Watch now or tune in to these WFYI Move to Include feature programs.

  • “No Limits” July 30 at 9 p.m.
    This documentary from 12 Star Media follows high school students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Vision Impaired as they work with an Indianapolis arts organization to design more accessible experiences. The piece will air with audio descriptions.
  • “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS” July 30 at 10 p.m.
    This film takes you into one artist’s world of infirmity, hope and determination and illuminates how the creative spirit adapts not only to survive, but to thrive.

Explore inclusion with children through these PBS KIDS special episodes.

Listen online to these special WFYI Public Radio progrrams. 

  • "Cultural Manifesto" 
    When Taron Tyson launched his career in rap music during the early 1990s, he didn't view his battle with cerebral palsy as an impediment, he saw it as an advantage. Tune in for his story. 

Learn about local services, challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities in central Indiana.

Previously aired programs:

  • “Hearts of Glass” 
    Learn how an innovative farm provides meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities.
  • “Going Blind”
    Explores how sight loss and low vision profoundly affect the lives of more and more people around the world.
  • “Employment Matters Too”
    Explore the untapped market and huge potential of the intellectually disabled in the workplace in this documentary.
  • “From the Wings: The Live Art Story”
    Aa group of children with varying abilities come together to create an unprecedented performance that would change their community forever
  • “Employment Matters” 
    "Employment Matters Too" is a documentary that discovers how large corporations benefit from hiring employees with intellectual disabilities.
  • “America ReFramed: Deej" 
    This episode tells the story of DJ Savarese ("Deej"), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics.
  • “Sesame Street: Julia's Haircut” 
    Elmo, Abby and Alan play hair salon and pretend to be hairstylists to help Julia, a puppet with Autism, feel less scared about getting a haircut.
  • “Arthur” 
    A special episode of Bionic Bunny is interrupted, and Arthur, Buster, and George try to remember what comes next. But Carl, who has Asperger's Syndrome, is the only one who can straighten out the story.
  • "Mister Rogers Neighborhood”
    Mister Rogers is visited by Jeff Erlanger, a young boy in an electric wheel chair who talks about his physical handicaps and demonstrates how his chair works.
  • “Veterans Coming Home: Healing Arts”
    This WFYI documentary tells the inspiring stories of local veterans who are using art to help transform their war experiences into hope and healing.
  • “4 Wheel Bob”
    The documentary tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845-foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.
  • “Hawking” 
    This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking's life journey. 
  • "America ReFramed: Perfectly Normal for Me” 
    This documentary tells the stories of disabled children who have found programs where they are accepted and feel valued, from clinical services to adaptive skiing.

Developed by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, Move to Include is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). 

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