The Messy Middle presented by The Syndication Project & DREDF’s Disability Media Alliance Project

The Messy Middle presented by The Syndication Project & DREDF’s Disability Media Alliance Project

While overall representation of disabilities on TV is slowly but surely improving, many series still tend to depict characters with visible disabilities as the Tragic Victim or the Heroic Martyr — but rarely are they depicted as people, with all the complexities that entails. We’ll sit down with the writers and actors who are exploring the uncharted territory of the “messy middle,” where characters with disabilities are just as flawed, funny, and despicable as anyone else. They’ll also discuss how creatives can push beyond the fear of getting it “wrong” when it comes to disability representation, and what getting it “right” actually means.

Panelists: Steve Way (actor, Ramy), Sofiya Cheyenne (actor, Loudermilk), Ryan J. Haddad (actor, The Politician), Katherine Beattie (writer/producer, NCIS: New Orleans), Kayla Cromer (actor, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay)

Moderator: Kristen Lopez (IndieWire)