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Deaf Actress Sandra Mae Frank Joins the Cast of 'New Amsterdam'

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Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank has joined NBC’s “New Amsterdam” as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder. It is important to note that Frank is being added as a doctor, as many medical shows feature disabled actors as patients, but not as people who are helping others.

Actors Rachel Handler, who is an amputee, and Matthew Jeffers, who is a little person, previously have been cast in roles as medical professionals. “New Amsterdam” overwhelmingly has been an example of best practices since Season 1, through casting authentically, including Lauren Ridloff and Eileen Grubba; working with consultants to ensure accurate storylines; and including conversations about diverse topics within the disability community.

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