Media Access Awards — 40th Anniversary & Easterseals 100 Years

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The Media Access Awards (MAA), celebrating its 40th anniversary, and its partner Easterseals, commemorating 100 years, presented a celebration honoring the best in disability representation in Hollywood. MAA, founded by producers Fern Field and supported by Norman Lear, annually honors the top creatives in film and television with the Writers Guild of America West; ... Read more

Fern Field – Her Approach, a Winning Achievement

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When “Maude’s Reunion” aired on February 21, 1977, none of us who worked on the show knew it would set off a domino effect that would change our industry’s perception of people with disabilities. And I, working as a first assistant to the executive producer, Rod Parker, certainly didn’t know it would launch a ... Read more

Bold. Brazen. Bankrupt!

Bold. Brazen. Bankrupt
We’re living in a world where people who previously breezed by in the shadows, and at other times boldly marched the red carpet, are being revealed for who they truly are: morally bankrupt individuals. Whether drugging women, molesting children, or otherwise harming others from their pedestal of power and prestige, they’re now being outed ... Read more

Hurricanes, Fires and Earthquakes. Oh My

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Lately, it seems as though hurricanes, fires and earthquakes are happening simultaneously around the world. It’s as if Mother Nature has a serious bone to pick with us, and has unleashed her fury. Some say it’s the Lord’s way of punishing us for doing wrong or, as one well-known celebrity put it, “God sends ... Read more

Marsha Malamet – Music Legend

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On a warm summer day, ABILITY’s Geri Jewell and David Zimmerman arrived at songwriter Marsha Malamet’s quaint bungalow, which boasts a view of the world-famous Hollywood sign. The host and her tail-wagging pups, MacDougal and Mikey, greeted them. As they settled in, Zimmerman pulled out his notes for the interview as if he’d been ... Read more