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For Immediate Release                                                                                   
Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253/259-5884
       Thomas O’Connor, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, 585-442-4102, ext. 8945



Dialogue on Disability kicks off January 8, and runs through January 15

Rochester, New York (January 4, 2012) - WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies’ programming initiative – Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series – has been celebrating the amazing lives of people with special needs for the last decade. At the heart of this initiative are programs that can be seen on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), WXXI-CREATE and City 12, and heard on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2 and Reachout Radio that encourage community dialogue about the abilities of people with disabilities and the importance of inclusion.

The centerpiece of this year’s program is a film that introduces viewers to 28 musicians and singers. For Once in My Life, airing Thursday, January 12 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, takes an infectious, expectation-defying look at the inspiring Spirit of Goodwill band, a unique ensemble with a wide range of disabilities who share an uncanny gift for music, joy, and friendship. Following the band, made up of workers at the Goodwill Industries Center in Miami, the film captures their determination, talent, and dedication.

In addition to the Spirit of Goodwill band’s amazing story, Dialogue on Disability features several uplifting films and TV programs throughout the week:


WXXI will also broadcast a variety of children’s programs on WXXI-TV/HD and WXXI CREATE (DT 21.31 cable 433), that deal with disability issues. For a complete list of children’s programming, visit

Throughout the week host Bob Smith will talk with local experts about the many abilities of those with disabilities on 1370 Connection, weekdays at 12 noon on AM 1370/HD91.5-2. In addition to 1370 Connection, AM 1370 presents two special programs during the week:

Fade to Dark: The Age Of Alzheimer’s, airing Sunday, January 8 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2, reports on the latest efforts to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s, improve diagnosis, and adequately fund research and caregiving for the millions yet to be afflicted. Fade to Dark repeats on Wednesday, January 11 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.

The Wild Child, airing Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, follows three young people diagnosed with bipolar disorder through a brave journey into uncharted medical and emotional territory. The Wild Child repeats Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.

Dialogue on Disability is made possible through support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. The series runs from Sunday, January 8 through Sunday, January 15, 2012.To learn more, visit


Al Sigl Community of Agencies provides high quality, cost-effective real estate and business services while fostering community awareness and philanthropic support to a growing array of organizations that serve children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

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 for more information about our services and programs.

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