Alan Toy as President Roosevelt in NBC’s Annie Live!

Alan Toy and FDR in wheelchair NBC’s Annie Live
Alan Toy, an actor on stage and screen and a Leader in the Disability Community, was chosen to play the role of the iconic commander in chief President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in NBC’s holiday spectacular “Annie Live!”  As one of the most beloved and biggest musicals in Broadway history and the winner of seven ... Read more

Actors with Disabilities Help Diversity in Hollywood

Disabled actors wanted in Hollywood
A growing number of Studios, Casting Agents, Organizations, Film Festivals know about the future of inclusion with abilityE SAG-AFTRA, Casting Society of America, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Paramount, 20th Century Studios, DreamWorks Animation Television, Lionsgate/Starz, Cinestate, Google, CBS, Bunim/Murray, EmpowerHouse, Final Draft, KMR, Focus on Ability Short Film Festival, ReelAbilities, Easterseals, RespectAbility and many more. ... Read more

Jennifer Goodman – Actor, Producer, Autism Activist, and Collaborator Ryan Atkins

Jennifer Goodman & Ryan Atkins interview
Jennifer Goodman Karum is shifting perceptions of people with disabilities in entertainment. Goodman, an autistic actress, writer, producer and creator, collaborated with Ryan Atkins, himself a producer and creator, to found Lakefront Pictures. This Chicago-based production studio aims to amplify unheard voices. In their work, diversity and disability are evident in the talent, both on ... Read more

In the Business of Spreading Happiness: John’s Crazy Socks

John and Mark Cronin
Donuts, sushi, cute kittens or funny quotes: If you need a creative and fun pair of socks, John’s Crazy Socks will likely have what you are looking for. John Cronin is the co-founder and face of the most diversely stocked sock company in the world. Together with his dad Mark, John is on a ... Read more

Jameela Jamil: Advocate First, Actress Second

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil, known in the UK as a TV and radio presenter, gained popularity in the US for her role as Tahani Al-Jamil in NBC’s The Good Place. In disability circles, she is recognized as an advocate for disability rights, LGBTQ rights, body neutrality, and her work around social justice. Jamil lives with several chronic ... Read more

Mandy Harvey — Perfect Pitch

Mandy Harvey
All Mandy Harvey ever wanted was to be a singer. But that dream was nearly eclipsed by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder that left her profoundly deaf, unable to hear a sound. At the time, Harvey, a Colorado State University freshman, was studying vocal music education, and training for the career she’d always ... Read more

CJ Jones — comedian, actor, writer, director, producer

CJ Jones
? For the entire world, 2020 brought new challenges. For CJ Jones, 2020 brought opportunity to live his passion. Having a decades long career as a deaf comedian, actor, entertainer, writer, director and producer, Jones is using his wealth of knowledge and experience in the entertainment industry to give back. He’s seen the need for ... Read more

John Lawson — Actor, Pilot, Scuba Instructor and Advocate

John Lawson
What do pumping gas and painting water towers have in common? Neither are glamorous exertions, and neither rise to the occasion of being called an aspiration. Both are a means to an end- a task to be accomplished so that something else, maybe something great, can happen. In the world of John Lawson, both of ... Read more

The Peanut Butter Falcon — Actor Zack Gottsagen & Advocate Shelley Gottsagen

Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf
An actor with disabilities is born to a disability rights activist. It seems like a far-fetched Hollywood script, but, in reality, it’s 100% true. Meet the Gottsagen—Zack whose breakout role in Peanut Butter Falcon has put him on the map and his mother, Shelley, whose activism for disability rights predates her son. ABILITY Magazine ... Read more

Trevor Noah Riffs on People without Disabilities Playing Roles in Movies About People with Disabilities — The Upside and Bryan Cranston

Trevor Noah talks about the movie The Upside with Bryan Cranston
The upside of The Upside might be more awareness? Trevor Noah spoke about his new awareness of actors playing parts that an actor with a disability would be a natural fit. Not until this controversy hit social media did Noah ever think of the similarities of minority roles being taken by non-minority actors. The ... Read more

James McEachin — Actor, Author, Silver Star & Purple Heart Recipient

James McEachin on a sunny day with trees in background
James McEachin is a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient, veteran of the Korean War, an accomplished actor, and an award-winning author. McEachin is perhaps best known for his roles on Perry Mason, Matlock, Play Misty For Me, and his NBC series Tenafly. He enjoyed an illustrious career and eventually retired. Since retirement, McEachin ... Read more