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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: https://www.respectability.org/2017/11/18/aziz-ansari-alan-yang-pushing-envelope-diversity-inclusion-hollywood/.

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Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she works at the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. She regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry. Appelbaum partners with studios, production companies and writers’ rooms to create equitable and accessible opportunities to increase the number of people with lived disability experience throughout the overall story-telling process. These initiatives increase diverse and authentic representation of disabled people on screen, leading to systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. She has consulted on more than 100 TV episodes and films with A&E, Bunim-Murray Productions, NBCUniversal, Netflix, ViacomCBS, and The Walt Disney Company, among others. She represents RespectAbility on the CAA Full Story Initiative Advisory Council, Disney+ Content Advisory Council, MTV Entertainment Group Culture Code and Sundance Institute’s Allied Organization Initiative. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working in development, production and post-production. She is a recipient of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award for this Lab. To reach her, email [email protected]

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