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ASL Performer Treshelle Marie Edmond Presents Award at Media Access Awards

Treshelle Marie Edmond with interpreter behind podium

Treshelle Marie Edmond with interpreter

Beverly Hills Nov. 18 — Treshelle Marie Edmond took center stage to present an award to Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for pushing the envelope on diversity and inclusion in Hollywood at the Media Access Awards, which honors individuals who are showcasing the disability narrative accurately.

Edmond is a talented actress who is an ASL performer and appeared on Ansari and Yang’s Master of None on Netflix.

“Some people don’t even want to try to communicate with a deaf person and seem afraid to talk to us or ask questions,” Edmond said in an interview. “We are just regular people too. Don’t be afraid. Talk to me! I love talking to people.”

“It was a beautiful thing for Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari to incorporate these important moments all in one episode,” she continued. “I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity in displaying deaf characters and deaf culture.

Edmond was the ASL Performer at Super Bowl XLIX February 2015 signing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful with John Legend and Idina Menzel. Television credits include House, M.D., Glee, Netflix’s Master of None and more.

Theater credits include Martha Bessel in Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening on Broadway 2015-2016 and Children of a Lesser Go” production by Kenny Leon, Berkshire Theater Group, Stockbridge, MA. She is the first and only deaf woman of color to headline a Broadway production twice.

“People see me and see black, then they see a woman, and then they see deaf,” Edmond said in an earlier interview. “This means I have to work three times as hard to get the same opportunities. I get it from all angles.”

Read the profile on Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Media Access Awards win on our website:

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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