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Tuesday, January 18 at 10 p.m. The Way Bobby Sees It

(Rochester, NY) Bobby McMullen is a competitive mountain biker on a mission to race the most demanding downhill course in the country. Adding to the difficulty: Bobby is blind. The Way Bobby Sees It tells his amazing story, and is the centerpiece of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies that stimulates community dialogue about the abilities of people with disabilities. The Way Bobby Sees It airs Tuesday, January 18 at 10 p.m., and again on Thursday, January 20 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

With the help of a guide and a rigorous training schedule, Bobby is determined to race his bike down a course riddled with obstacles and flanked by steep, life-threatening cliffs. But, the racecourse isn't the only challenge in Bobby's life. Between thrills, spills, and jaw-dropping helmet camera footage, we see how Bobby uses humor, determination, and unshakeable optimism to battle adversity - both on and off the bike.

Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series is a week-long outreach initiative designed to encourage community conversations about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming broadcast on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 that celebrates the amazing lives of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 16-23. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Pictured: Bobby McMullen with his guide
Credit: Forrest Arakawa


 

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