“Speechless”, a new comedy series about a family with a special needs child named "J.J.", aired its first episode September 21st. An unusual aspect of the series is that the actor who portrays J.J. has cerebral palsy in real life.
The show follows the Dimeo family after they move to a new home so that J.J., who happens to be nonverbal, may attend a better school. It’s a fun show with upbeat stories. During the first episode, J.J. announces he is running for Student Council President. His announcement is greeted with loud applause by students and school staff.
The Cerebral Palsy Foundation serves as a technical consultant for Speechless. According to the CEO for the group, Richard Ellenson, people with cerebral palsy don’t get the therapies they need. In an effort to better inform the public, particularly general practitioners, about cerebral palsy, relevant information is available on the group’s facebook page that will be updated after each show is aired. The facebook page presently includes videos by nationally regarded experts. Topics of future videos will range from cerebral palsy itself to augmentative alternative communication to inclusion in school.
Don’t miss the show which airs Wednesday evenings on ABC.
Posted by Martha Millar Law
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