Our hosts, Mai Ling and James, share some important updates on what is going on in their respective careers before we dive into a discussion with our guest. Sawsan Zakaria chats with Mai Ling about her participation in the Easterseals Disability Film...
Our hosts, Mai Ling and James, share some important updates on what is going on in their respective careers before we dive into a discussion with our guest. Sawsan Zakaria chats with Mai Ling about her participation in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge on multiple occasions. As an actress and model with a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy, Sawsan talks about her experiences as an actress with a disability in LA, recounting some of the highs and lows. She also shares her thoughts on how the collective preconceptions about disability are slowly shifting in the industry.
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Sawsan Zakaria was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy type II when she was 15 months old. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Illinois State University with a focus on broadcast journalism/public relations though has a true passion for disability advocacy, modeling, and acting. She uses her disability as a positive asset to her image. People with disabilities are often portrayed negatively or inaccurately and she wants to break the stereotypes and stigmas that society has created.
A lot of people, disabled or not, are too afraid to speak up or speak out against socials “norms,” and Sawsan plans to help change that perspective because she wants people to see that she is not defined by her disability. She defines IT. People who are not disabled will never understand Sawsan’s perspective of the world and her realities unless they can live it or read about it.
Sawsan chooses to share her story through film and print to show people there’s more than just one reality in this colorful world.
Sawsan recently moved to Los Angeles to continue to make change in Hollywood for people with disabilities and be a voice worldwide.
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