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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ABC Picks Up Comedy Focusing on Special Needs

From DisabilityScoop

By Michelle Diament
May 16, 2016

A major television network is set to air a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs.

ABC's "Speechless" stars Mason Cook as Ray, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan,
John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as J.J.
and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (Kevin Foley/ABC)

ABC has picked up the 30-minute series “Speechless,” the network has confirmed to Disability Scoop.

The show stars actress Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, a mother “who will do anything” for her husband and kids including her eldest son J.J., who has special needs.

“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 J.J. his ‘voice,'” according to the network’s description of the show.

J.J. is played by Micah Fowler, an actor who has cerebral palsy in real life. He previously appeared in the 2013 film “Labor Day.”

ABC initially committed to a pilot for “Speechless” in January. Now, the network says it will air the series beginning this fall on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET right before “Modern Family.”

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