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Monday, January 9 at 9 p.m. Original Minds

(Rochester, NY) – Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work, and discover that they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. They become alienated and drop out. But the protagonists of Original Minds, airing Monday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), buck the trend. They work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their own stories. Their narratives reveal the unique approach to learning that each must discern and claim as his or her own if they are to succeed in the world.

The special broadcast is part of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a week-long outreach initiative hosted by WXXI and Al Sigl Center Communities that is designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 8-15th and is made possible with support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

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