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Disability Law Society to Provide Live Commentary During “Speechless” on February 22

Posted on Wednesday 2/22/2017
Speechless poster

Students from the College of Law’s Disability Law Society will be using social media to provide real-time perspectives during the airing of ABC’s “Speechless” Wednesday, February 22 at 8:30 PM. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and ABC.

In the show, “Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.’”

"Our Disability Law Society students and the SU community will be engaging at the national-level this unprecedented, historic show. The show stars Micah Flower, a young actor living with cerebral palsy, as JJ DiMeo. It's all too rare for disability to feature prominently in prime time tv, not least to be the subject of a sitcom, and to cast actors who have disabilities, not least communication disabilities. Our students have the opportunity to raise awareness and shift able-bodied norms through their engagement! Plus, we'll have a fun time!" said C. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor of Law and faculty advisor to the Disability Law Society.

During the show, Disability Law Society students will post using the hashtags #Speechless and #CPF, along with #Syracuse Law and @CollegeofLaw. Students will also be using the College of Law’s Snapchat account @syracuselaw.