Programs for kids are inclusive, too

Plenty of programs for kids are on tap for WGCU’s Move to Include roster. Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, WGCU and a handful of other stations around the country are participating in the initiative with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

On the PBS Kids channel, students in Mr. Sparks’ class at “Hero Elementary” on know that they can ask their friend A.J. Gadget when they need a creative solution to a problem.

Gadget is a budding superhero, as are his classmates. But unlike the others, Gadget is on the autism spectrum. He carries around all of his gadgets in a backpack – which also functions as a jetpack – and he’s always coming up with more gadgets. His type of intelligence includes “thought projection,” which allows him to visualize his own thought processes. As a result, he’s a great strategic thinker.

 “Hero Elementary” airs on PBS Kids twice a day. Check for times.

A.J. Gadget isn’t the only young character whose abilities are different. At 6:30 a.m. many mornings in July on WGCU’s main channel, PBS favorites Arthur, Peg+Cat and Clifford all appear in episodes with people who are disabled.

Friday, July 10 at 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.: Arthur

Friday, July 17 at 6:30 and 7 a.m.: Peg + Cat

Friday, July 24 at 6:30 and 7 a.m.: Clifford the Big Red Dog and Arthur

Friday, July 31 at 6:30 and 7 a.m.: Arthur

For up-to-date programming information, go to

Questions about WGCU’s Move to Include initiative, which is sponsored by the Golisano Foundation with partners Best Buddies of Southwest Florida, FGCU, StarAbility, CARD, Lighthouse of SWFL and Lighthouse of Collier County, call Anne Stavely at 239-590-2329 or email