"Over time, I started to realize I need to advocate. Otherwise, these barriers are not going to change."
The Netflix comedy received its first Emmy nomination on Tuesday.
“It is really society’s obligation, and not those with disabilities."
The new series features an authentic character with ASD, played by an actress on the spectrum.
"Actor/writer Ryan O’Connell, who has cerebral palsy, wants to change the way we talk about disabilities."
"People with disabilities certainly are not invisible in the real world – we are everywhere – so why should we continue to be invisible on screen?“
CJ Jones shares his story of triumph and perseverance as a performer with a disability.
"We underestimate the power of role models. Just one great accurate representation can spark a thousand others."
The Creators of “This Close” Talk About Creating Opportunities for Deaf People in Front of and Behind The Camera
The show's stars, writers and executive producers discuss creating opportunities for deaf talent on their series both on and off-screen.