Left to right: Max Burkholder of NBC’s “Parenthood” and writer-producer Jason Katims, the series’ showrunner. Max proudly presented Mr. Katims with the 2011 Writers Guild of America, West Evan Somers Memorial Award for his fantastic portrayals of disability on both “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

Left to right: Katie Leclerc (“Switched at Birth”), Media Access Awards Chair Deborah Calla, and RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”).

Media Access Awards 2011 Host Marlee Matlin, an Academy Award-winning actress for her performance in “Children of a Lesser God.” In addition to being a fantastic host of last year’s MAA breakfast, Ms. Matlin was recipient of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award.

Actor Robert David Hall, best known for playing Dr. Al Robbins on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” is also a vocal spokesman for performers with disabilities.