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New Brunswick Coalition of Persons with Disabilities

Now, THIS is a Trend We Can Really Get Behind…

Now, THIS is a Trend We Can Really Get Behind…

Sources: thestar.com, gem.cbc.ca, mayoclinic.org, TorontoLife.com

Image shows actress Dolly Lewis on promotional poster for Sight Unseen. She had bright blue eyes, long dark hair and is staring straight into the camera.

Sight Unseen, PUSH, One More Time… what do all of these popular TV shows have in common? Well, for one… they are all Canadian (yay!) and two (again, yay!), they all star actors who have a disability. And not only do the main characters have disabilities, but the shows give a whole new meaning to “Nothing About Us, Without Us”! For example, in the case of Sight Unseen, executives of the show reached out to Graham Isador, a Playwright and Journalist who has experienced vision loss. Isador has Keratoconus (ker-uh-toe-KOH-nus) which is a eye condition where your cornea gets thinner and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape. Although he was contacted initially as a consultant, he ended up working on the whole season of Sight Unseen as a writer, making the show feel all that more genuine.

In the case of One More Time, the show was created (and stars!) D.J. Demers, a comedian you might have seen on America’s Got Talent! With light-hearted material such as what happens when your hearing aid goes missing and the horrors of ending up on a date with someone who doesn’t communicate in the same sign language you do, you can imagine it can get pretty interesting!

For more about Graham Isador, click here.

For more about Keratoconus, click here.

To check out One More Time, click here and watch on Gem.

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