October 19, 2021

Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” will air tonight on PBS

1.1 min read| Published On: October 19th, 2021|

By James Combs

Beacon College’s “A World of Difference” will air tonight on PBS

1.1 min read| Published On: October 19th, 2021|

Beacon College’s award-winning television program, “A World of Difference,” will air on a PBS station for the first time when it debuts Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 p.m., on WUCF TV.

This special is airing in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One in five children in the U.S. has a learning or attention issue such as ADHD or dyslexia, and an estimated 85 percent of college graduates affected by autism are unemployed. The special focuses on “Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity.” It includes stories featuring BroadFutures Inc., a national group that is changing employer perceptions of potential neurodiverse employees; the Maitland-based grassroots program RAISE, which helps equip clients with disabilities with the tools they need to join the workforce; and, a young entrepreneur whose startup Mentra is a LinkedIn-like platform that matches neurodiverse candidates and employers.

Now airing its second season, “A World of Difference” examines neurodiversity issues related to learning disabilities experienced from birth to adult years, using compelling storytelling, conversations with experts, viewer Q&As and interviews with successful individuals with learning differences of their own. The program has received multiple awards, including the HMR Publications Group’s Education Digital Marketing Award and PR News’ CSR Diversity Award.

The show has featured successful people with learning differences including reality TV star Daymond John and Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist and autism activist.

WUCF TV is a PBS member television station from the University of Central Florida, which produces compelling content for the Central Florida community.

To learn more about “A World of Difference” or watch episodes online, visit www.AWODTV.org.



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About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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