Deaf actress Marlee Matlin wins award for disability inclusion activism

Oscar-winning American actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, has received an award in Israel for her involvement in support of people with disabilities.

The Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, which includes a prize money of $100,000 is given to individuals for their commitment in fighting for equality for people with disabilities.

Matlin who has acted in over 60 films and television programs, has never let her disability restrict her from achieving her dreams.

A short video on Matlin's successful career as an actress and her work on disability inclusion was also shown in the award event.

During her visit in Israel, Matlin will meet the officials from Israel's entertainment industry on how to better include people with disabilities in their shows and movies. She will also hold meetings with over 300 people from Israel's deaf community and young adults with disabilities.