Maysoon Zayid is an American actress, comedian, and activist who is of Palestinian descent. She most commonly advocates on behalf of people with disabilities (Zayid herself has cerebral palsy), American Muslims, and children in Palestine. Zayid founded the organization Maysoon's Kids in April 2001 to address the needs of the growing population of disabled children in Palestine. She is also co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.
People with disabilities shouldn't have to try and pass as able in the workplace, says writer and comedian Maysoon Zayid. But the sad reality is that America's largest minority remains invisible throughout popular media.
Let’s Stop Giving Oscars to Actors Who Play the Disabled, and Start Letting the Disabled Play Themselves.
Actress and comedian Maysoon Zayid, who lives with cerebral palsy, says that the disabled are the largest minority group in the world, and the only one you can join at any time.