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Marlee Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin was born in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. 

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arlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's theater company at age seven; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Her deafness never held her back. As an adult she said it so eloquently: "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." Marlee studied criminal justice at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and maintained her passion for acting after graduating. While performing on stage throughout Chicago and the Midwest, Marlee attracted notice for her performance in a production of the Tony Award-winning play "Children of a Lesser God" and was cast in the movie version, Gottes vergessene Kinder (1986). Although this was her film debut, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. While shooting her next movie, Walker (1987), in Nicaragua, big-hearted Marlee took time to visit both hearing and hearing-impaired children. She continued this tradition of visiting local children throughout her travels to Germany, England, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Canada, etc.

Her interest in the criminal justice field played a part in her on screen career; she portrayed an assistant D.A. in the TV series Die Staatsanwältin und der Cop (1991), while off screen she married police officer Kevin Grandalski on August 29, 1993. The couple has four children. Marlee was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1994 for her performance as Laurie Bey in the Picket Fences: Tatort Gartenzaun (1992) episode "Dancing Bandit." Marlee is also a spokeswoman for the National Captioning Institute. In 1995, she testified at a congressional hearing and helped get a law passed that requires all TV sets 13 inches or larger to be manufactured with built-in chips to provide closed captioning on their screens; this was a godsend for deaf viewers.

Marlee serves as the national spokeswoman for the largest provider of TV closed captioning, and has spoken on behalf of CC in countries such as Australia, England, France, and Italy. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations, including Very Special Arts, the Starlight Foundation, and other charities that primarily benefit children. As someone who loves children so much, it is only fitting that she has four of her own. Professionally, Marlee has even tried producing, being the executive producer for Wenn die Wahrheit lügt (1999).

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Teal Sherer

Teal Sherer is an American actress with a physical disability who is an advocate for the inclusion of performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry. She is best known for her portrayal of Venom in the web series The Guild and as herself in her own series "My Gimpy Life". She was also a member of Full Radius Dance.

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Early career[edit]

While in college, Teal performed in plays such as The House of Bernarda Alba and Antigone. In addition to performance, she participated more and more fully in the aspects of live theatre, such as stage management, ushering, and ticket sales. In addition, she performed with the Full Radius Dance Company, a physically integrated dance troupe.[2] Her first role in a feature film was in 2004, in Kenneth Branagh's film Warm Springs alongside Cynthia NixonKathy Bates, Branagh himself, and Felicia Day.

Current Productions[edit]

In 2011 Teal created a pilot called "My Gimpy Life", envisioned as a comedy, written by Gabe Uhr, and directed by Sean Becker. It premiered at ITVfest on August 6, 2011.[citation needed]. The second season of "My Gimpy Life" began its Kickstarter campaign on May 15, 2013.

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Emmanuelle Laborit

Emmanuelle Laborit was born on October 18, 1971 in Paris, France.

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She is an actress, known for Retour à la vie (1999), Jenseits der Stille (1996) and Stille Liebe (2001).

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Genevieve Barr

Genevieve Louise Barr is a British deaf actress and writer. Born in 1985, in Harrogate,

Genevieve went to the University of Edinburgh and studied English Literature and History before coming onto our television screens, in a primetime lead role in BBC's The Silence.

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Genevieve is also known for roles in BBC's Press, BAFTA winning series The Fades, Call the Midwife, ITV's Liar and True Love and Channel 4's Shameless.

She is starring in Jack Thorne's drama 'The Accident', alongside Sarah Lancashire out on Channel 4 and HULU.

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Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton is a Hawaii native who began her surfing career at age 11.

By age 13, she was an accomplished surfer and well-respected in the surfing world. She came to national attention after her left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark on October 31, 2003

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. She has since made a full recovery and has returned to surfing. MTV Books published Hamilton's Book, 'Soul Surfer' from which the major motion picture is based.

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Kelly Marie Stewart

Kelly-Marie Stewart (born 1984) is a British actress, best known for playing Hayley Ramsey, the younger sister of already established character Zak Ramsey in Channel 4's teen soap opera Hollyoaks. Stewart voices the Beano Character Ruby Von Screwtop for the CBBC hit show Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed. Stewart also voices the American Netflix version of the hit animation too

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Career[edit]

After attending the Liverpool Theatre School, Stewart appeared in several TV adverts before landing her big break on the soap.

Stewart is the first disabled actress to act as a main character in Hollyoaks. She has Guillain–Barré syndrome – an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system which usually exhibits as an ascending paralysis noted by weakness in the legs. Stewart lost the use of her legs when she was twenty-one. She left Hollyoaks in 2010 when she became pregnant[1] with her eldest child.

Stewart has worked on various projects since having her daughter and voices the character Rubi Von Screwtop for the Beano show Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed on CBBC & Uk Netflix. Stewart also voices the U.S Netflix version of the show.

Personal life[edit]

Stewart is a campaigner for specialist advice and support for disabled mothers in caring for young children.[2][3] She is also the official ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign[4] and a patron of Disabled Parents Network.[5] She is the proud Patron for Abigails footsteps charity and works closely with them.

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Julie Fernandez

Julie Fernandez was born on May 30, 1974 in Ilford, Essex, England. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2001), Eldorado (1992) and Killer Bitch (2010).

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Her acting career began in 1992 when she starred as Vanessa Lockhead in the short-lived BBC soap opera Eldorado.[4] She went on to play Sean Maguire's girlfriend in BBC1 drama Dangerfield before landing the role of Brenda in The Office.

In 2004, Fernandez formed a television production company called The Wheelie Good Company and has spent the time since working on new programme ideas. The company was set up by Fernandez to improve the representation of disabled people in the media but no longer focus on disability-related material.

She appeared as a regular guest on the quiz show HeadJam.

Fernandez also runs an arts and craft small business in Cambridgeshire, Bee Crafty, specialising in patchwork and quilting

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Santina Muha

Santina Muha is an actress and producer, known for One Day at a Time (2017)

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Claire "Cerrie" Burnell

Claire "CerrieBurnell (born 30 August 1979) is an English actress, singer, playwright, children's author, and former television presenter for the BBC children's channel CBeebies. In 2018, she portrayed the role of Penny Stevenson in the BBC soap opera Doctors.

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Burnell's mother is a dance teacher, and her father is a telecoms manager.[1] She has one younger brother.[2] She was originally named "Claire" but started asking people to call her "Cerrie" at the age of 10.[1] Burnell grew up in the south-east London suburb of Petts Wood.[6]

Burnell was born with her right arm ending slightly below the elbow.[3] Her parents encouraged her to wear a prosthetic arm, but she resisted from the start and stopped wearing one entirely when she was nine.[7] Burnell also suffered from dyslexia, which left her unable to read until the age of 10. She learned with extra tuition and the Letterland system.[8]

Burnell has a daughter, Amelie, born in 2008.[7][9][10]

 

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Cherylee Houston

Cherylee Houston is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), A Thing Called Love (2004) and I'm with Stupid (2005).

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She grew up in MorecambeLancashire, in the United Kingdom. She is currently playing Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street, a role she has portrayed since April 2010.[2] She also plays Maz in the ongoing radio 4 series Tinsel Girl.

 

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Amy Conachan

Amy Conachan is an actress, known for Hollyoaks (1995), Trypophobia (2011) and #conniesflat (2013).

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Sam Renke

Sam Renke is an actress and producer, known for Little Devil (2013

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Lisa Hammond

Lisa Hammond was born on June 2, 1983 in Chichester, Sussex, England as Lisa Jayne H. Hammond. She is an actress and writer, known for Quills (2000), Vera (2011) and EastEnders (1985).

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She played the character Denny in Grange Hill[1] between 1994–1996. Hammond did not star in any major roles again until 2004 when she played Tina in Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere. However, she had minor appearances in television programmes such as Holby CityWhere the Heart Is and Casualty, and in the film Quills. Hammond also played the major role of the herald in the Royal Shakespeare Company revival of Marat/Sade in 2011. In 2005, she played Harriet in the BBC TV mini series, Bleak House, whilst in 2009 and 2011 Hammond played Kerry in the first and second series of TV comedy Psychoville.

In April 2015, Hammond appeared in detective television series, Vera, as Helen, a police intelligence officer. She left Vera in April 2017.

In June 2015 Hammond appeared in BBC crime drama The Interceptor as a rental car salesperson.

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Francesca Martinez

Francesca Martinez (born 1978) is an English comedian, writer and actress, born in London to a Spanish father and half-Swedish, half-English mother.[1] She has cerebral palsy, but prefers to describe herself as "wobbly"

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she has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and internationally, including the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Perth Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. In 2018 she completed a 140-date tour, and has had off-West End London runs at the Tricycle Theatre, the Hackney Empire, and the Soho Theatre.

Comedy[edit]

In 2000, Martinez became the first female comic to win the prestigious Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2003 she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

Martinez has performed in many countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, as well as the United States, performing at Caroline's on Broadway92YTribeca and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (all in New York City), and the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store (both in Los Angeles). She also performed at the 2008 World Economic Forum in DavosSwitzerland with Emma Thompson.

Her most recent tour 'WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?!' clocked up over 140 dates around the world – winning a Fringe Media Network Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as being nominated for Best Show at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival and at the Perth Festival, Australia.

She has organised many charity shows featuring comedians such as Frankie Boyle, Mark Steel, Robin Ince, Jo BrandJohnny VegasAl MurrayRichard HerringStewart LeeJeremy HardyLee MackMark ThomasRhod Gilbert and Milton Jones.

In 2014, her best-selling book WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?! was published by Random House to critical acclaim. It has been nominated for the Chortle Comedy 'Best Book' Award and The Bread And Roses Radical Publishing Award. She was described as one of 'Britain's Five Funniest Women' in The Guardian in November 2014 along with Bridget ChristieSara PascoeKatherine Ryan and Susan Calman.

In 2016, she supported Frankie Boyle on his sell-out UK tour.

Television and radio[edit]

Before becoming a comedian, Martinez appeared in the BBC children's drama series Grange Hill from 1994–1998, and has acted in other drama series such as Holby City.

In August 2005 she appeared in the BBC sitcom Extras.[3]

In April 2008 Martinez made global headlines when (live on Channel 4 News) she became the first Olympic torch bearer to pull out of the London relay in protest over China's treatment of Tibet.

In April 2009 she appeared on the BBC Radio 4 stand-up comedy show, 4 Stands Up.[4] In 2015, she opened series 11 of Live At The Apollo, which also featured Alan Carr and Nish Kumar.

In October 2012 she made her debut appearance on BBC Radio 4's topical panel show The News Quiz, alongside regulars Jeremy Hardy and Sandi Toksvig. She appeared on The News Quiz again in January and July 2013.

Martinez has become a regular face on television, including appearances on The Frank Skinner ShowRussell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), The Jonathan Ross Show, ITV's Loose WomenFree Speech (BBC3), RTÉ's The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O'ConnorAdam Hills TonightSpicks and Specks and Question Time on BBC1.

She has written scripts for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2018, her debut radio play How We're Loved aired on BBC Radio Four.

Campaigning[edit]

On 8 December 2012, Martinez launched a campaign War on Welfare[5] which pledged to get 100,000 supporters to sign a petition calling for an end to government cuts for disability benefits and an independent impact assessment of the government's welfare changes. The petition attracted 5,000 signatures in the first 48 hours[6] and achieved its target of 100,000 supporters on 30 November 2013.[7]

An outspoken opponent of welfare reform by the government, she uses her public profile to raise issues about disability and fight for what she believes would be a fairer system. Martinez said: "As a disabled person in the media, I want to help give this issue a voice. It's morally wrong for the government to target those in need instead of saving money by targeting the real causes of this crisis – and close tax loopholes and regulate the financial sector. To me, it's a human rights issue."[8]

She is patron of a number of charities.[9][10]

She has challenged the government in numerous TV interviews, including on Newsnight and This Week, and in other TV appearances such as Question Time.

In 2015 she helped organise This Changes Everything, a one-day event on climate and social justice, with Naomi KleinRussell Brand, and many other speakers. The event was streamed globally and aimed to kick-start a movement to unify the left against climate change.

In 2013 she was nominated for a Women in Public Life Award, and won the Public Affairs Achiever of the Year Award. In April 2014 she was named as one of Britain's most influential women in the BBC Woman's Hour power list 2014.[11] She was also nominated for Red Magazine's Woman of the Year Award 2014 and for a European Diversity Hero of the Year Award 2014.

She has received honorary doctorates from the Open University and Bradford University.

In July 2015, Martinez endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election.[12] In 2016, along with other celebrities, Martinez toured the UK to support Corbyn's bid to become Prime Minister.[13][14] In September 2016, she performed at the Keep Corbyn rally in Brighton in support of Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election.[15]

In November 2019, along with other public figures, Martinez signed a letter supporting Corbyn, describing him as "a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world" and endorsed him in the 2019 UK general election.[16] In December 2019, along with 42 other leading cultural figures, she signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party under Corbyn's leadership in the 2019 general election. The letter stated that "Labour's election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few."[17][18]

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Storme Toolis

Storme Toolis (born 26 November 1992) is a British actress from London

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Early life[edit]

Toolis was born and raised in London. Her father journalist Kevin Toolis was born in Edinburgh, his parents originated from Achill Island in County MayoIreland.[2] Her mother is Dea Birkett, is a British television and print journalist from Surrey; she has a younger brother and a younger sister.[3] Toolis spent seven years as an aspiring actress at the Ovalhouse.[4]

Career[edit]

She first appeared on film in Channel 4's The Inbetweeners as an extra, and then as a minor character in The Inbetweeners Movie, based on the earlier television series, subsequently joining the cast of New Tricks as Holly Griffin in August 2013 in Series 10 Episode 5, "Cry Me a River", of the show.

Toolis has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.[5][6] She is an advocate of the rights of disabled actors to play disabled roles.[7]

For her role in New Tricks, Toolis was described as "one of the few disabled actors in Britain, and across the world, to play a minor role in a mainstream drama where the disability of her character is not a feature of the plot, and her role has been compared to Walt Jr in the US Breaking Bad series."[8]

Toolis also partook in the Malteser series of adverts for the Paralympics. The advert was praised for its portrayal of people with disabilities.[9]

Toolis was the first disabled actress to take on the title role of Josephine in the West End version of the play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.[10]

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Christine Ha

Christine Huyen Tran Ha (VietnameseHà Huyền Trân;[1] born May 9, 1979) is an American chef, writer and TV host. She is the first blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012

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Ha was born as an only child in Los Angeles County, California. Her parents were of Vietnamese origin; they immigrated from Saigon (present day Ho Chi Minh City) to the United States in 1975 after the Vietnam War.[4] She lived in Lakewood, California and Long Beach, California as a young child before her family moved to Houston, Texas.[5] Her mother died from lung cancer when Ha was 14.[6]

Ha graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance along with MIS from the University of Texas at Austin.[7] She also earned a master's of fine arts in creative fiction and nonfiction from the University of Houston's nationally acclaimed writing program.[7][8]

Ha suffers from neuromyelitis optica, in which a person's own immune system attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord. In 2004, she was diagnosed and gradually started losing her vision, and was almost completely blind by 2007. She describes her vision as "looking at a very foggy mirror after a hot shower".[9][10] She uses adaptive technologies to help her manage her social media profiles by herself.[11] Hà utilizes the following assistive technologies around her house: VoiceOverJAWS, Aira glasses, Amigo portable CCTV along with a thermometer, food scale and liquid level indicator that gives an oral reading.[12]

Ha serves as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and her work has appeared in Fire PointThe ScissorTale Review and PANK Magazine, among others.[13] In January 2014, she began hosting the cooking show Four Senses on AMI-TV.[1

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Ruth Madeley

Ruth Madeley is a British actress known for her roles in Years and Years and The Rook. Madeley was born with spina bifida and has worked with the charity Whizz-Kidz for much of her life. Madeley was nominated for a television BAFTA in 2016 for her work in Don't Take My Baby.

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Career[edit]

In 2012, Madeley wrote and starred in the Lime Pictures TV movie Scrims.[15] Madeley has had several supporting roles in television, including in Fresh Meat and The Level.[16]

Madeley starred as Anna in the TV movie Don't Take My Baby which was about a disabled couple's fight to prevent their baby from being taken away.[2] Madeley was nominated for a Best Actress TV BAFTA for her portrayal of Anna.[17] The next year, Madeley was listed as one of BAFTA's 18 Breakthrough Brits.[18]

In Russel T. DaviesHBO miniseries, Years and Years, Madeley plays Rosie Lyons. The role of Rosie was not originally written for a wheelchair user, but after Madeley's audition Davies decided to work with Madeley to reshape the role around Madeley's spina bifida.[14] Madeley plays Ingrid Woodhouse in the television adaptation of Daniel O'Malley's The Rook.[19][20]

Madeley's first theatre role was in The Greatest Wealth at the Old VicThe Greatest Wealth consisted of seven monologues and was put together in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Madeley's monologue, "Choice & Control" was written by Matilda Ibini.[21] In late 2019 and early 2020, Madeley played Barbara 'Buck' Buckingham in Teenage Dick at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Michael Longhurst. The play, written by Mike Lew, was inspired by Shakespeare's Richard III and the character of Buck was based on the character of the Duke of Buckingham. The role of Buck is explicitly written to be played by a disabled actor.[22]

In 2019, Madeley signed an open letter urging Hollywood executives to normalize disability by casting disabled actors to play disabled characters.[23] She appeared in the 2020 Christmas special episode of Would I Lie to You?.[24] In 2021, Madeley competed on Celebrity Best Home Cook.[25]

Madeley has been cast as Throat in the upcoming television adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, The Watch.[26][21] She has also been cast as Laura in the upcoming disaster drama The Light.[27][28] Madeley will appear in BBC America's upcoming collection of short films, Disability Monologues (working title), curated by Mat Fraser.[29]

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Madison Ferris

Madison Ferris is an American actress, best known for portraying Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie

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Ferris moved to New York City, and got her first professional performance opportunity as a paid dancer at the Joyce Theater.[1] Ferris performed in two dance pieces, Ballet (New York) and The Show Must Go On by French choreographer Jerome Bel.[2][3]

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Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid is an American actress and comedian. Of Palestinian descent, she is known as one of America's first Muslim women comedians.

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Zayid started her acting career by appearing on the popular soap opera As the World Turns for two years, as well as guests appearances on Law & OrderNBC Nightly News and ABC's 20/20.[4]

During her early acting experiences, she found her disability and ethnicity repeatedly limiting to her advancement.[1] Zayid then turned to stand-up and began appearing at New York's top clubs, including Caroline'sGotham, and Stand Up NY, where she takes on serious topics such as the Israel-Palestine conflict.[5]

She co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2003 with comedian Dean Obeidallah.[6] It is held annually in New York City and showcases Arab-American comics, actors, playwrights and filmmakers.

In late 2006, Zayid debuted her one-woman show Little American Whore (LAW) at Los Angeles's Comedy Central stage; it was produced and directed by Kathy Najimy. In 2008, LAW's screenplay was chosen for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Production began with Zayid as the lead in the fall of 2009.

Zayid had a role in the 2008 Adam Sandler film, You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

She usually tours by herself or as a special guest on the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.[7] She also co-hosts the radio show Fann Majnoon (Arabic: فن مجنون‎) (Crazy Art) with Obeidallah.

Zayid can be seen in the 2013 documentary The Muslims Are Coming!, which features a group of Muslim American stand up comedians touring the United States in an effort to counter Islamophobia, as well as various celebrities including Jon StewartDavid CrossJaneane Garofalo and Rachel Maddow.[8] In December that same year she appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on December 30, 2013 as part of a panel of comedian commentators. She has also presented at the TED annual conference,[9] and her TED Talk has been viewed approximately 1 billion times.[10]

In June 2016 it was announced that Zayid would be developing a series about her life with Lindsey Beer.[11]

Zayid has said repeatedly that she wants to appear on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital,[10][12][13] and in June 2019 she debuted in the recurring role of Zahra Amir in the series.

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Melissa Johns

Melissa Johns is a British actor and disability activist. She is most known for playing Hannah Taylor in Mike Bartlett’s BBC One drama Life and Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street.[1] Melissa is an ambassador for disability in the arts and advocates for better representation of disability on and off screen and stage.

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In 2019, Johns was selected as one of 21 actors for the BAFTA Elevate programme. Other TV credits include Jo in SKY’s I Hate Suzie, Beth Fennel in FLACK, SKY’s In The Long Run, BBC’s Casualty, SILK & Doctors.

Theatre credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest at Sheffield Crucible, Emilia in OthelloMacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith/HOME and Graeae’s The Iron Man. Johns is currently developing her one woman show - SNATCHED with The Lowry and Arts Council England.

Between 2017 - 2020, she won several awards including - JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the U.K, Shaw Trust’s Power List - U.K’s 100 most influential disabled people, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, Shortlisted for Positive Role Model Of The Year Award in the National Diversity Awards.

Johns was selected as Alumna of the Year 2019 for the University of Essex & East 15 Acting School for her work disability advocacy in the arts.

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Ali Stroker

Alyson Mackenzie Stroker[1] (born June 16, 1987) is an American actress and singer. She is the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on a Broadway stage and to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. Stroker was a finalist on the second season of The Glee Project and later appeared as a guest star on Glee in 2013. She played Anna in Deaf West Theatre's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening.[2] She won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Oklahoma![

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Stroker has had solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and New York's Town Hall in addition to concert performances at Lincoln Center in New York City.[7]

Stroker starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She later reprised her role in this show at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and that performance earned her a Barrymore Award nomination.[8]

In 2011 Stroker made an appearance in the short film I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star.[9] In 2012 she auditioned for The Glee Project and was cast for the 12-episode series. She made it to the final episode and placed second, earning a guest role on Glee, playing Betty Pillsbury, Ms. Pillsbury's niece, in Season 4, Episode 14: "I Do".

In 2014 she had a role in the film Cotton, also known as "Everyday Miracles". In 2014 and 2015 Stroker had a three-episode role playing Wendy in the MTV series Faking It.

In 2015 she made history by becoming the first actress who uses a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage. She originated the role of Anna in Deaf West Theatre's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening.[10]

In 2017 Stroker was cast as Tamara in the ABC show Ten Days in the Valley.[11]

In 2018 she played Ado Annie in St. Ann's Warehouse's critically acclaimed revival of Oklahoma![3] The production transferred to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre in 2019, earning Stroker a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, making her the first person with a disability to be nominated for and to receive that award.[12][13]

In 2020 she was in Lifetime's Christmas Ever After, airing on December 6, 2020.

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Amberley Snyder

Amberley Snyder (born January 29, 1991) is a championship barrel racer. She also competed in pole bending and breakaway roping. In 2010, Snyder suffered a car crash that paralyzed her from the waist down. She overcame the injury and kept competing. In 2015, she competed at a high level when she won a fan exemption to compete at the American Rodeo. Snyder is now a motivational speaker.

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Amberley Snyder was born January 29, 1991, in California to Tina and Cory Snyder. She is the second-oldest of her five siblings, Ashley, JC, Taylor, Aubrey, and Autumn.[1]

Rodeo career[edit]

Snyder first rode a horse at 3 and began competing in rodeo barrel racing when she was 7 years old.[2] After that, she spent summer weekends barrel racing, pole bending, and breakaway roping.[3] She won the 2009 All-Around Cowgirl World Championship in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association. She was the 2009–2010 Utah State FFA President.[4]

Car crash and recovery[edit]

January 10, 2010, she was driving from Utah to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, and didn't fasten her seat belt after a gas station stop in Rawlins, Wyoming. Less than 10 miles from the gas station, she looked down to check her map, drifted into the other lane, over-corrected, and her truck slid off the road and rolled 7 times.[5] She was thrown from the truck and slammed into a fence post, which crushed her T-12 vertebra and left her paralyzed from the waist down.[6] With the help of physical therapy, and a seat belt on her saddle, she was later able to resume riding and competing in rodeo a year and a half later.[7] She transferred from Snow College to Utah State University where she was captain of the school's National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association team.[5] She also won the Shane Drury "Nothin' But Try" scholarship in 2014.[8]

In 2015, Amberley won a fan exemption[9] to compete in RFD-TV's The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas,[10][11] and made a time of 15.3 seconds with her horse Power, only 0.6 seconds slower than the winning time.[2] In 2016, she was in the top 5 for the Rocky Mountain Pro Rodeo Association, and she also won her Women's Professional Rodeo Association card in 2016,[7] and now competes in the RAM Wilderness Circuit.

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In 2014, Allen appeared in the short film Ethan & Skye.[5] She featured in Bekah Brunstetter's off-Broadway show, Girl #2 in 2017.[6] She made her film debut in the Hulu thriller Run with Sarah Paulson, which became the most-watched original film on the streaming service.[7][8] She is the second female wheelchair-using actress to star in a suspense film, following Susan Peters doing the same in 1948.[9]

In 2020, Allen appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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She is the oldest of four children of Thai-German descent.
Became an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and a spokesperson for the Paralysis Resource Center's Minority Communities Outreach Campaign after a September 3, 2001 car accident, which left her paralyzed

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At age 17 Tiphany Adams was a high school senior with dreams of modeling. On October 15, 2000 her life changed when the car she was riding in was hit head on by a drunk driver. Three lives were lost in the accident and Tiphany was the only survivor of the 130 mph impact crash. She was diagnosed as a paraplegic with a T10 fracture. Tiphany persevered through months of painful recovery to graduate with her high school class the following June.

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Originally from Lodi, California Tiphany was always a small-town girl with big dreams of modeling and acting. Best known for the critically-acclaimed documentary series "Push Girls" Tiphany also raises awareness and understanding on many topics - always with a core message of truth, love and self-acceptance. She speaks and advocates publicly on the topics of drunk and distracted driving, LGBT and GSA, nutrition, wellness and fitness. She is an ambassador for Wish Upon a Teen, an organization that provides resources and opportunities to teenagers dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or recovering from injury or chronic illness.

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Sophie Morgan

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Morgan was born near Crowborough,[citation neededEast Sussex, in 1985. Her father is a wine broker and her mother held various positions as a nurse, gundog trainer and air stewardess.[4] Morgan was educated at Cumnor House School, Danehill, East Sussex. "Having been chucked out of school in England, Sophie was sent to Gordonstoun School" in MorayScotland.[5][6][7]

Morgan was left paralysed from the chest down after a road accident when she was 18 years old.[2][4][8]

Prior to the accident, Morgan had planned to study Law at the University of Manchester.[9][4][10] Having returned to live with her parents in Brighton, she instead opted to study art at the City College Brighton & Hove[11] After completing her art foundation course, she started a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts[12] at Goldsmiths, University of London.[1][10][9][13][14] She later obtained a diploma in arts therapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.[12]

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Angel was born in San Diego and raised in Torrance, California. At 18, she launched a professional dancing, choreography, and music career. She was paralyzed from the waist down in a 1992 car accident and continued her career.[2] She was a main character on the 2012 The Sundance Channel reality television series Push Girls,[3] which won a Critics Choice Award[4] for "Best Reality TV Show". She was also one of the stars in the HBO film Musical Chairs.[5][6]

Filmography

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 competitive swimmer at the time, Schaikewitz became paralyzed from the waist down "over the course of a half-day"[3] after an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) ruptured in her spinal cord when she was 15.[4][5] She went on to graduate with a degree from the University of Florida and then moved to Los Angeles where she developed a career in graphic design and branding.[6][7] In 2012, she decided to return to the sport of competitive swimming after 17 years, as documented in Season 1 of the show Push Girls.[8]

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Pushed by her inexhaustible energy and her invincible attitude not to let anything stop her she started at a very young age with skateboarding, surfing, mono skiing, tennis, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, hiking, swimming, break dancing, quad driving and a lot more. After competing in 100, 200 and 400 meter wheelchair racing events at school and at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ she has intensified training to qualify for Team USA for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in mono skiing.

At the age of 15 she began modeling sportswear. While launching her screen acting career with a guest appearance on Code Black: Ärzte am Limit (2015) in 2015, her barrier breaking lingerie photo shoot and her modeling campaigns with major brands like Nike, Billabong and Panty Prop received massive media attention worldwide and have changed the fashion model world as well as the advertising model world forever.

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A girl named Zhi Hua lost both of her arms because of a high voltage electric shock. She could do nothing, not even going to school, because she couldn't write her homework. This sudden blow caused her mother to suffer from spasmodic schizophrenia. Through long time hard training, Zhi Hua not only learned to write with her feet and won back her opportunity to go to school, but also learned to eat, wash her face, brush her teeth and put on her clothes, among other things, with her feet. So the school finally accepted her as a boarding student. Zhi Hua passed the university entrance examination and applied for a medical school. Because she was armless, she wasn't admitted. The bad news rendered her mother insane again, who wandered away home and got lost. After hard training, Zhi Hua was qualified to participate in the National Swimming Tournament for the Disabled and won a champion. As a result of her good performance in the game, she was admitted as a student to the Provincial University of Physical Education, thus realizing her mother's dream for her. However her mother never came back.

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