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.

MAA 2011


Marlee Matlin


AFTRA Disability Awareness Award – Geri Jewell (The Facts of Life)

Casting Society of America Award – Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas (Breaking Bad)

Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award – Paul Stupin (Switched at Birth)

Writers Guild of America, West Evan Somers Memorial Award – Jason Katims (Parenthood)

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Scholarship – Teal Sherer (Warm Springs)

RJ Mitte Diversity Award – Abbey Umali (Lucky)


Max Burkholder, Shoshannah Stern, Katie LeClerc, Robert David Hall, Margaret Nagle , R.J. Mitte, Addison Witt