The 2020 Media Access Awards presented by Easterseals Disability Services

The 2020 Media Access Awards presented by Easterseals Disability Services

Nyle DiMarco introducing the 2020 Media Access AwardsOn Thursday, November 19, the 2020 Media Access Awards presented by Easterseals celebrated the accurate portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in all media by honoring those individuals, series, and films that have redefined on-screen representation for the disability community.

Hosted by actor, producer (Netflix’s “Deaf U”) and model Nyle DiMarco, with special appearances from disability inclusion supporters including Selma Blair, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Howie Mandel, Eric McCormack, and more. Tap dancer and musician Evan Ruggiero treated guests to an incredible performance, as did aerialist and “America’s Got Talent” finalist Alan Silva.

The Black List, in partnership The Media Access Awards, Easterseals Disability Services, and the Writers Guild of America Writers with Disabilities Committee, also announced selections for the 2020 Disability List during the Media Access Awards. Eight scripts from seven writers and one writing team were selected for the second annual edition of the Disability List, which includes both feature films and original pilots. Black List founder and CEO Franklin Leonard highlighted this year’s selected writers during the ceremony.

If you didn’t get a chance to view it on Thurday, we invite you to view the event now with open captions:

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ESSC’s partnership with the Media Access Awards is one of the many ways we are changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.

To learn more about how Easterseals Southern California is working with the entertainment industry, please visit

About the Author:

Shelley Ginsburg is the Director of Digital Marketing for Easterseals Southern California. She joined the organization in 2014 and is currently responsible for increasing online awareness for the life-changing disability services Easterseals provides for individuals in local communities and their families, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

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