INDIANAPOLIS – July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. In celebration of this civil rights law, WXXI Public Media (Rochester, New York) is expanding its innovativeMove to Include initiative into five additional communities, including central Indiana through WFYI. Funded through a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, this national effort will use the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about disabilities.
WFYI joins five other PBS affiliates in this initiative: WXXI (project leader, Rochester, New York), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse) and Iowa PBS to focus on disability issues. Specifically, WFYI will offer special programs featuring people with differing abilities through television, radio, news, special events and social media.
“From our free IRIS – Indiana Reading and Information Services – program to the characters on PBS KIDS programming, WFYI has long been committed to inspiring our community to embrace those with different abilities,” said WFYI President and CEO Greg Petrowich. “Move to Include gives us the chance to listen and learn, and then bring even greater depth and focus to that work.”
Through Move to Include, WFYI will work to organize community partnerships, create content and provide outreach specific to their own communities. They will also contribute content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students, free of charge. To learn more about this initiative, the work of all six stations, and more, visit movetoinclude.us/.
Below are a few highlights of what WFYI will be doing in central Indiana:
Veterans Coming Home: Healing Arts / Airs July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on WFYI-TV
Thishalf-hour documentary tells the inspiring stories of localveteranswho are usingartto help transform their war experiences into hope andhealing.
No Limits /Airs July 30 at9 p.m. ET on WFYI-TV
This half-hour 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.
Deej / Airs July 19 at 8 p.m. ET on WFYI-TV
The story of DJ Savarese ("Deej"), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics.
Perfectly Normal for Me / Airs July 26 at 8 p.m. ET on WFYI-TV
An after-school dance program for kids with physical disabilities prepares for a spring recital.
Move to Include was launched in Rochester, New York in 2014 as a local partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation, which also donated $20 million to build Southwest Florida’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, 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.
“Public media’s mission is to make high quality programming free and accessible to all, and Move to Include is an important part of ensuring inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “CPB is proud to support this effort by local public media stations to strengthen our civil society by building more inclusive communities.”
About WFYI Public Media
Since 1970, WFYI has served central Indiana as a trusted friend. Its public radio and TV stations and its community engagement activities inform, entertain and educate Hoosiers of all ages and walks of life. WFYI broadcasts original content as well as programming from PBS and NPR. WFYI is always here for you. Learn more at wfyi.org.
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