CBS inclusion to increase, here actor Dayrl Mitchell of NCIS shown in wheelchair on set

In response to a call to action from the Ruderman Family Foundation, CBS signed a pledge on June 19 to audition disabled actors for every new production. It is the first major media company to do so.

“We recognize that disability is central to diversity, that the disability community comprises the largest minority in our nation, and that people with disabilities face seclusion from the entertainment industry,” the pledge reads. “We understand that increasing auditions, no matter the size of the role, is a critical step toward achieving inclusion in the industry.”

“The Ruderman Family Foundation commends CBS for its leadership in becoming the first major media company to pledge to audition actors with disabilities for roles in their productions,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which has been