Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. To mark this anniversary, WITF is presenting a number of documentaries on TV commemorating this anniversary.
12:00pm – i go home – Chronicling the role institutionalization played in the life of people with intellectual disabilities in 1960s America. Archival photos and footage along with interviews with people with intellectual disabilities, advocates, researchers, scientists, parents and social workers raise awareness about the issue and shine a light on the struggles and triumphs of the disability rights movement.
1:00pm – Going Home – Today, most people with intellectual disabilities are living in the community. But, does living in the community mean you’re truly a part of it? Going Home, a follow up to i go home, examines the journey towards inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Are we there yet?
2:00pm – Hearts of Glass – Vertical Harvest is a year-round urban farm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A portrait of one community’s attempt to address pressing issues around local food production, inclusion and opportunity,
3:00pm – Employment Matters – Explores the untapped market and huge potential of the intellectually disabled in the workplace.
3:30pm – Employment Matters Too – Discovers how large corporations benefit from hiring employees with intellectual disabilities.
Watch i go home and Going Home on-demand through the PBS Video app. These programs are available now.