‘Abbott Elementary’ opens its second season with a focus on accessibility

‘Abbott Elementary’ opens its second season with a focus on accessibility

Hit the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary School returned to air on September 21, focusing on accessibility and representation in elementary schools.

After a successful first season that engaged viewers with an endearing, yet harshly realistic look at the teachers and students that make up the Philadelphia public school system, the sitcom’s second-season premiere picked up where it left off. his predecessor.

As teachers, staff members, and fan-favorite principal Ava Coleman, played by Janelle James, prepare for another year at the fictional Willard R. Abbott Public School, two teachers facing unique challenges are put in… .light along with the Emmy-winning star. and executive producer Quinta Brunson.

Kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard, played by fellow Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, is tasked with finding a specialized office for a new student who uses a wheelchair, largely due to broken promises associated with a grant. awarded to the school at the end of the first season. .

History teacher Jacob Hill, played by Chris Perfetti, finds himself in a slightly different position. After taking a summer course in American Sign Language (ASL), Hill expresses his desire to pass on his knowledge to the rest of the Abbott Elementary School crew, but is met with a lackluster response.

However, Hill’s trademark abilities, albeit rudimentary, are put to use at the end of the episode, when a deaf student arrives on the first day of school and Hill is able to introduce himself and engage in a warm and welcoming dialogue.

Howard’s resolution is longer, but just as rewarding.

Despite the difficulties in acquiring a wheelchair accessible office, it is revealed that part of the Season 1 grant was used to install a ramp in front of the school. At the same time that the episode is coming to an end, the teacher of the premiere, Gregory Eddie, who was played by Tyler James Williams, could provide a little engineering and locate the exact bureau necessary to range from the stockage area of ​​the School.

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Lors d’une récente ronde sur Zoom, United Press International reported that Brunson souligné les expériences de sa mère en enseignant à un elève aveugle comme source d’inspiration pour les deux scénarios impliquant l’accessibilité – ou son absence – en milieu school.

“They weren’t necessarily giving my mom resources to help her with this blind student,” Brunson said. “When something like a disability comes into play, what does that mean for someone like Barbara who wants to do what’s best for her students but doesn’t get any help?

“A lot of people in this country have a disability,” Brunson added. “Not all of them are visible. »

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 10: (L-R) EP Patrick Schumacker, Director/EP Randall Einhorn, Creator/Writer/EP/Actor Quinta Brunson, Moderator Antonia Blyth speak onstage during Disney Television Studios’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ panel during Deadline Contenders Television at Paramount Studios on April 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Like many instances throughout the first season of Abbott Elementary Schoolthe focus on improving accessibility in underfunded schools caught the attention of Twitter users, many of whom were moved by the strong emphasis on adequate representation.

“The way #abbottelementary is down to earth on inclusion and diversity,” one Twitter user posted, attaching a clip of Hill using ASL to communicate with a deaf student. “As a teacher I see these children every day and many times they are not represented in any type of media, thank you [Abbott] for this! »

“Seeing Abbott Elementary over lunch and choosing to help and advocate for Black children with disabilities brings tears to my eyes,” @robertjmonson said, including clips of Hill and Howard.

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“This scene and when Greg looks for a desk for the beautiful in the wheelchair? they added, attaching several crying emojis.

“So many times in my life as a student I’ve had desks that didn’t fit or didn’t fit at all, especially in lecture halls,” added Twitter user @SFdirewolf. “Seeing the student in a wheelchair so motivated to go to school at #AbbottElementary walk up the ramp [and] in the classroom it gave me all the SENSE.

“That’s why #RepresentationMatters,” they added.

Abbott Elementary School airs at 9 pm EST on Wednesday nights on ABC.

news week has contacted ABC for comment.

Source : nouvellefr.com

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