Speechless - Netflix
Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his "voice".
Runtime: 30 minutes
Speechless - Micah Fowler - Netflix
Micah D. Fowler (born March 5, 1998) is an American actor with cerebral palsy. He is most known for his roles in Labor Day and as JJ DiMeo in the television series Speechless. Fowler has also had minor roles in Blue's Clues and Sesame Street.
Speechless - Career - Netflix
Micah D. Fowler started pursuing acting at the age of 5, which led him to roles on Blue's Clues and Sesame Street. He booked his role for Labor Day at age thirteen. For his most recent role, as “JJ DiMeo” on Speechless, he found out he booked the role on his eighteenth birthday. In an interview with People magazine, Fowler said it was the “best birthday present ever!” Regarding his role on Speechless, he said it is a challenge to play JJ. Although Fowler is able to speak, the JJ character does not speak, so Fowler has to compensate with dramatic facial expressions and body movements. It's said that Fowler's humor gets the show's biggest laughs. He said he sometimes just wants to blurt out what he is feeling or saying. Fowler and the character he portrays both have cerebral palsy, and he is one of few actors with a disability playing a character with a disability on primetime network television.
Speechless - References - Netflix