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New 'Alma's Way' Character Eddie Is Paving the Way for Disability Representation in Children's Shows

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The new PBS KIDS show “Alma’s Way” follows a little girl who lives with her family in the coolest borough in the Bronx as she learns important lessons about life while having fun with her friends in the neighborhood.

Eddie Mambo is the 6-year-old cousin of the main character — and he has cerebral palsy. Seeing a character who looks like me matters because when I was growing up with cerebral palsy, I never saw characters with disabilities.

It is refreshing to see that this generation of kids with disabilities will be able to see someone who represents them. I recently had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of Eddie’s first appearance in the show, and I absolutely loved that they put Eddie before his disability.

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