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Since 2003 WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies have worked together with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community to help break the ingrained stereotypes about individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. The year-round project called MOVE TO INCLUDE, is designed to motivate individuals to take action and include more people with disabilities in the workplace, in schools, neighborhoods and in all aspects of society. Dialogue on Disability, a week-long spotlight initiative takes place every January, and is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation.

Dialogue on Disability 2024 - celebrating seven great musicians

Dialogue on Disability, the week-long spotlight initiative takes place January 22-28, 2024. Tune in to learn more about seven musicians.


Tune in to learn more about:

  • Valerie Capers African American pianist & composer who is blind
  • Evelyn Glennie Scottish percussionist who is deaf
  • David Helfgott Australian pianist who lives with schizoaffective disorder
  • Molly Joyce American composer, educator and performer who has an impaired left hand due to an automobile accident
  • Maurice Ravel French composer believed to have what today we know as Alzheimer's disease
  • John Rutter British composer and conductor who experiences post-viral fatigue syndrome
  • Nick van Bloss British pianist diagnosed with non-swearing Tourette Syndrome

We'd love to get your feedback on these Move to Include musical vignettes? You can provide your comment here. Simply choose "Other" to question #1 and specify "Music to Include on Classical."