OPB is participating in a national public media collaboration Move to Include, led by public television station WXXI. The initiative aims to encourage dialogue about disability issues and promote inclusion in key communities across the country.
The national project is slated to kick off July 2020 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
This 16-month project is funded by a $645,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and expands WXXI’s existing multimedia initiative that combines content production, curation, and engagement.
OPB joins WFYI in Indianapolis, WGCU in Southwest Florida, WCNY in Syracuse, and Iowa Public Television to organize community partnerships, acquire and create content, and provide outreach, engagement, and promotion for the initiative. Content will also be contributed to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students free of charge.
Move to Include encompasses PBS KIDS programs, prime-time curated TV specials, news and arts features, radio talk shows, educational segments, social media and online content, and in-person film events and screenings. Additional assets include EXITED, a five-part podcast series that shares the stories of eight young people as they navigate life transitions; The Inclusion Desk, a multi-platform reporting effort by WXXI News to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion; and a collection of 50 video segments on inclusion is distributed nationally through PBS LearningMedia, the go-to destination for classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio, photos and lesson plans.