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Golisano Foundation partners with WXXI to promote inclusion

Rochester Business Journal
April 9, 2014

The Golisano Foundation is providing $280,000 for a partnership with WXXI promoting inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, the organizations announced Wednesday.

The program, called Move To Include, will include programs and special events meant 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.”
"Move To Include will help people better understand what it means to be someone who lives with an intellectual or other disability," said Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation.

The foundation will be providing $280,000 to WXXI for the initiative over the next two years. 
"We want to build a community that leads the way in valuing abilities and fostering inclusion," Costello said. "We want to move beyond discussion and into action, encouraging people and showing people how they can put their good intentions to work, and lead the charge to leave no one out in our community. By working with WXXI we look forward to reaching out to people through TV, radio, films and online, building the momentum for this movement throughout the year."
The initiative kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday with a free screening of Ken Burns' new documentary “The Address” at the Little Theatre. The film tells the story of Greenwood School, where students facing a range of learning differences are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.

In addition to primetime programming, WXXI-TV will present children's programs highlighting children with disabilities, program officials said.

"WXXI and the Golisano Foundation hope these films, television programs and news stories will motivate individuals to take action and to include more people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, neighborhoods and in all aspects of society," said Norm Silverstein, WXXI president. "People with disabilities have many extraordinary talents and, given the chance, can make important contributions to the quality of life in our community," he added.
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