Minnie Driver: TV show Speechless has broken down barriers on disability

The British actress plays Maya, the mother of a teen with the condition, in US comedy Speechless, which has been airing in America since 2016 and is now coming to the UK on E4.

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‘Reading a tweet from a non-verbal person with cerebral palsy, saying, ‘I sit and I watch my experience, and it makes me scream with laughter,’ is so gratifying,’ said Driver.

‘Or families who go, ‘It’s extraordinary that we can all sit down and watch this together, my able-bodied kids and my kid with a disability, and we can all enjoy it and roar with laughter and feel that we are seen’.’

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The actress, 49, continued: ‘The idea of representation for people who I don’t think they have been fairly represented, to be able to see themselves, and for it to be a laugh, I think that’s lovely.

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‘The more you include, the more impossible it is to maintain your distance and your looking away which, let’s face it, most people do around disability.

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‘We were all of us allergic to the notion of sentimentality and melodrama, primarily because that is the way that the media represents disability,’ she said.

‘You’re not only often looking at able-bodied actors playing disabled characters, but they’re trying to get away.

  • Publisher: Evening Express
  • Date: 2019-03-11T00:02:54+00:00
  • Author: Press Association
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Speechless cast: when it starts on E4, who stars with Minnie driver and everything else about the sitcom

A new, critically acclaimed US sitcom is coming to E4, starring Minnie Driver and created by a former Friends writer.

The channel have picked up the rights to all three seasons of the hit comedy Speechless, which first arrived in the US in 2016.

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Speechless centres around the DiMeo family, and their frequent moves as they attempt to find a good educational environment for their oldest son, JJ.

JJ has cerebral palsy and, unable to speak himself, communicates using headgear with a laser pointer to indicate words, letters, and numbers on a board attached to his wheelchair.

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  • Publisher: inews.co.uk
  • Date: 2019-03-08T13:21:21+00:00
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