Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The hot, new comedy series "Speechless" starring Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, and Cedric Yarbrough is coming to your living room premiering on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC. Maya DiMeo (played by Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and the ones she creates in her head, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his "voice."

What makes me so excited about this show is that the focus of the show rests upon the struggles many parents experience in their desire to advocate for their child with a disability, while balancing the normal everyday demands from their partner, job and other children. Additionally, Speechless is pushing boundaries and broadening our minds to highlight a child with special needs who relies on AAC. From the official trailer, this show seems witty, the characters appear charismatic, and hopefully the show will diminish some of the stigmas many who rely on assistive technology as their voices, specifically augmentative devices, face in their daily lives.  The ultimate success this show could have is allowing people to look beyond the disability and see each person as just that.....a person!

Actor, Micah Fowler

Check out an interview the actor Micah Fowler gave to The Mighty about his role in Speechless!

 Watch the trailer for prepared to laugh!

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