SAG-AFTRA returned as a sponsor and presenter at the 40th Annual Media Access Awards on Nov. 14. Presented in partnership with the nonprofit disability services provider Easterseals, the awards honor, highlight and promote disability and its depictions in film, television and new media.
SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer Camryn Manheim and member C.J. Jones (Baby Driver) participated as presenters this year. Manheim, who is fluent in American Sign Language, presented the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award to actor, model and deaf advocate Nyle DiMarco. Since winning the popular modeling competition America’s Next Top Model in 2015, DiMarco has gone on to appear on programs like Dancing with the Stars and Station 19, and champion causes that aim to uplift those in the deaf community.
Jones, who received the Harold Russell Award last year, returned to present the SAG-AFTRA Disabilities Awareness Award to the Ruderman Foundation. The Massachusetts-based nonprofit has been active in its mission to advance and advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout society since its founding in the early 2000s. Foundation President and trustee Jay Ruderman accepted the honor on behalf of the organization.
The night was an opportunity to celebrate the ways performers with disabilities are showcased onscreen and highlight contributions geared towards redefining how people with disabilities are perceived.
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