Beacon College’s neurodiversity-focused television show “A World of Difference” earned a Bronze Award for Best Strategy, Health in February in the inaugural Anthem Awards.
The Anthem Awards was launched as a response the growing push activism aimed at social good resonant in the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist. The maiden competition attracted nearly 2,500 entries from 36 countries worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to act in their communities.
“A World of Difference” examines neurodiversity issues related to learning disabilities experienced from birth to adult years, using compelling storytelling, conversations with experts, viewer Q&As and interviews with successful individuals with learning differences of their own. It airs on broadcast television in Central and North Florida Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on WACX-TV, SuperChannel Orlando 55. All episodes are available on the show’s website, AWODTV.org.
“It is our distinct honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations, and individuals are all making to create an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards. “We launched this platform to show the world that all corners of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say, it is time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society.”
Anthem Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include Daniel Dae Kim (actor, producer, and activist); Ashley Judd (Author, Actor, and Social Justice Humanitarian); Mitchell Baker (CEO and chairwoman, Mozilla); Lisa Sherman (president and CEO, Ad Council), Sarah Kate Ellis (president and CEO, GLAAD); Renata Erlikhman (chief investment officer, OW Management); Shayla Tait (director of philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation); Russlynn Ali (CEO and co-founder, XQ Institute); Marc Ecko (chief commercial officer and board member, XQ Institute); Heidi Arthur (chief campaign development officer, Ad Council); and Alexis M. Herman (chair and chief executive officer, New Ventures, and former U.S. secretary of labor).
“In only the show’s second season, we are humbled and heartened to see “A World of Difference” recognized among such talented creatives, innovators, and, visionaries engaged in trying to make the world a better place,” said Darryl E. Owens, director of communications at Beacon, and the show’s creator/host. “That’s what we hope the show is doing episode by episode, for families who are navigating the journey to independence hand-in-hand with children who have learning and attention issues.”
Anthem Awards winners’ brief call-to-action speeches and special moments from the awards program can be watched here.