Tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, ABC premieres “Speechless,” a new sitcom starring Micah Fowler—who has cerebral palsy—as the nonverbal, eldest son in a family of five. The show also stars Minnie Driver. Fowler portrays a character with more severe symptoms than the actor has in real life. For example, he learned to use an alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) device for the show.
The show’s producers partnered with The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) to receive technical advice on Fowler’s role. In addition, the show’s team will share content with the CPF, so the organization can share related information—on their website and through their social media accounts—right after each episode airs.
The Leader’s editorial staff asked SLP and AAC specialist Kerry Davis to watch the show’s first few episodes. Davis will blog about her thoughts on “Speechless,” and how well the show depicts a character who uses AAC. Look for Davis’ post coming soon!