General Hospital To Receive Special Honor!

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General Hospital has been selected along with four other television programs to receive the Ruderman Family Foundation’s seal of authentic representation! The special recognition is to celebrate TV shows who accurately depict people with disabilities in their programming. 

The President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, Jay Ruderman, told the Hollywood Reporter that "by giving credit where credit is due in Hollywood, we hope to inspire a broader, longer-term, industry-wide sea change when it comes to authentically casting actors of all abilities."

The ABC soap was selected for their casting of Maysoon Zayid as Shiloh Archer’s lawyer, Zahra Amir. Zayid is an actress and disability advocate with cerebral palsy who also happens to be one of America’s first Muslim women comedians. 

Executive Producer, Frank Valentini said in the article, "our goal has always been to provide stories that are authentic and relatable for our viewers. Having the opportunity to welcome Maysoon Zayid onto the show was exciting for us. She is an incredible talent and was a perfect fit to guest star as Zahra Amir. It takes all kinds of people to tell a story; especially those that are rich and entertaining enough to resonate with our audience.”

General Hospital will be joined by fellow recipients: Netflix’s Tales of the City and Raising Dion, BBC/HBO’s Years and Years and Audience’s Loudermilk.

Congratulations to everyone! #RepresentationMatters  

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