Maya DiMeo is a fighter. When we meet this mother in the series premiere of SPEECHLESS we learn that she’s a big advocate for her son, JJ, who has celebral palsy. But she believes she’s found the perfect situation for JJ, so she moves the family to a new, upscale school district. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the new situation.
Middle son Ray is frustrated by the family’s tendency to constantly move around to accommodate JJ. And Maya isn’t happy with the school once the family starts settling in, particularly when she finds out about the wheelchair ramp situation. Believing this school isn’t actually the right one for her son, Maya is determined for the family to move on quickly.
But JJ makes friends with Kenneth, the school’s groundskeeper and asks him to step in as his caregiver. And soon even Ray finds a reason to stick around, so the family bands together to convince Maya that they need to settle down once and for all.
SPEECHLESS premieres tonight (September 21) at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.