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Rising to the Occasion

Rising to the Occasion

In a virtual reality version of Rise & Nye’s coffee and ice cream shop, employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities are given the opportunity to train in the shop before even stepping foot in the physical location. The partnership cultivates a space for inclusion, acceptance, and opportunities for all. 

About the Show

This groundbreaking, digital docuseries from WEDU PBS explores the stories behind Sarasota's unique arts scene and the connections it creates among the diverse communities of this beautiful city.


Produced by WEDU PBS in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Joy McCann Foundation, and generous funding from the Muriel O'Neil Fund.

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