‘Speechless’ to Receive Annie Award ASHA will present the Annie Glenn Award to the ABC-TV show “Speechless,” a comedy about the family of a teenager with cerebral palsy who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The award is named for Annie Glenn, wife of the late Sen. John Glenn, known nationwide for her advocacy for ... ASHA News
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‘Speechless’ to Receive Annie Award
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ASHA News   |   November 01, 2017
‘Speechless’ to Receive Annie Award
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22112017.60
The ASHA Leader, November 2017, Vol. 22, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.22112017.60
ASHA will present the Annie Glenn Award to the ABC-TV show “Speechless,” a comedy about the family of a teenager with cerebral palsy who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
The award is named for Annie Glenn, wife of the late Sen. John Glenn, known nationwide for her advocacy for people with communication disorders. The award recognizes efforts to broaden awareness of communication issues and those who exemplify Annie Glenn’s efforts to speak out about stuttering—a disorder she overcame as an adult—and other communication disorders.
The presentation will take place at the ASHA Convention Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The show’s creator and executive producer, Scott Silveri, set out to write a comedy that reflected his family, which includes a brother with cerebral palsy. In the show, Micah Fowler plays JJ, a 16-year-old boy who uses a laser pointer attached to his head to indicate words on a board. “Speechless,” which began its second season Sept. 22, is one of the few shows in which characters with disabilities are played by actors with disabilities.
JJ’s dedicated aide Kenneth (played be Cedric Yarbrough), serves as JJ’s “voice,” reading the words he indicates. Minnie Driver plays JJ’s mother, Maya, who mercilessly (and sometimes tactlessly) advocates for JJ’s inclusion. “Speechless” presents a funny—but never mocking—take on a nonverbal teen with disabilities and his family, and brings awareness of AAC opportunities to the more than 5 million viewers who tune in each week.
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