Marlee Matlin: Dancing with a disability

If you missed Dancing with the Stars last night, you missed Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin’s debut as one of the contestants. We at Easter Seals were especially interested in Matlin’s moves on the dance floor — she is an Easter Seals Honorary Board Member!

Last night wasn’t Matlin’s first time on a reality TV show, though. She recently appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to present a $50,000 college scholarship to Stefan Vardon. Stefan’s parents are both deaf and his younger brother has autism.

Matlin is an amazing advocate for people with disabilities and has shared her talent and her disability with a generation of filmgoers and TV watchers. She says her new challenge in DwtS is the dancing — and five-day-a-week rehearsals. Whether she wins or not, her performance on the dance floor is another wonderful demonstration of what people with disabilities can do.


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