Exited

Series produced by WXXI

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Leaving the world of adolescence and entering the adult world — the real world — can be a confusing time for anyone.

But for young people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff as they leave behind the cocoon of school and sometimes struggle to find a place where they belong.

Exited, launching Nov. 13, is a podcast that will bring you the stories of eight young people, ranging in age from 17 to 26, as they navigate transitions in various settings – high school, higher education, sheltered workshops, day programs and home life.

When young people finish high school, they need to figure out what to do next. Growing up can be a daunting experience for everyone, but for people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff.

Exited is a podcast that explores this moment through the experiences of eight young people and their families. It's about growing up and trying to find a place where you belong -- when you've been told your whole life that you're different.

This podcast is from WXXI's Inclusion Desk, a multi-platform reporting effort to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation? look 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.?? Hide full description

When young people finish high school, they need to figure out what to do next. Growing up can be a daunting experience for everyone, but for people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff. Exited is a podcast that explores this moment through the experiences of eight young people and their families. It's about growing up and trying to find a place where you belong -- when you've been told your whole life that you're different. This podcast is from WXXI's Inclusion Desk, a multi-platform reporting effort to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion. The Inclusion Desk grew from the Move to Include partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation? look to build a more... Show full description


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Barbara Jackson helps her son Jonathan put on his graduation cap and gown., Credit: Malinda Ruit/WXXI News
People like Jonathan Jackson tend to have an entourage. An entourage can consist of professionals and family members who support someone with disab...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 04:11
Caption: Veronica Volk/WXXI News, Credit: Akin Johnson holds his credential during the East High School commencement in June 2017.
In recent years, there has been a push to get people with disabilities into the general workforce. But despite these initiatives, some students who...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: While Carrie D'Olivo says there's no particular task that she especially enjoys in her job at ArcWorks, she says she wants "to stay here as long as I can.", Credit: MALINDA RUIT/WXXI NEWS
For lots of people, leaving high school means looking for a job. But for some people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, finding a job...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
Caption: Maggie McCrumb plays with a child at a day care center while being assessed by a "vocational evaluator," in order to get help with job placement from New York state., Credit: KAREN SHAKERDGE/WXXI NEWS
The number of college-based programs for students with intellectual disabilities is growing across the country, and they often provide many of thos...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 03:27
Caption: Nate Taylor works on an assignment during a class for students with disabilities that he took over the summer to avoid regression during the break., Credit: KAREN SHAKERDGE/WXXI NEWS
In the first episode of Exited, explore an early factor in transition – graduation tracks – through the experience of 17-year-old Nate, a student w...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:25