Tuesday 1 December 2009
The EastEnders team are pleased to have won the 'Doing Media Differently' award last night.
Radar (Royal Association for Disability Rights), the UK's largest disability campaigning organisation said of the award: "Over the last 12 months, there have been a number of positive portrayals of disability on EastEnders: Jim Branning's return home following a stroke and rehabilitation in a nursing home; Stacey's realisation that she, like her mother is bi-polar, single mother Syd whose young son Noah is deaf; the continuing appearances of Billy's daughter Janet who has Down's Syndrome; and the recent arrival of Manda's son Adam who has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair."
Executive Producer, Diederick Santer said of the award "EastEnders is really delighted to receive this award as it recognises that we've made real progress in the last year increasing and improving our onscreen representation of people with disabilities. Approximately 1 in 5 of our audience are disabled, and we are really pleased that we have been recognised for representing them better."