A researcher and a Hollywood insider, both with ties to the disability community, are among more than 200 notable people nominated for Time Magazine’s annual “Time 100.”
The list posted on the magazine’s website includes Jason Katims, the executive producer of NBC’s “Parenthood,” as well as Karen Pierce, an autism researcher at the University of California at San Diego.
Katims, who has a son with Asperger’s syndrome, is well-known in the autism community for including a character with the developmental disability on “Parenthood” and making disability issues a significant part of the drama’s storyline.
Meanwhile, Pierce is working to establish screening tests which could be used to identify autism in children as young as 12 months.
Others nominated for the list of influential “leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes” include everyone from Beyonce to Warren Buffett.
Candidates are up for an online vote through Friday. The final list of the “Time 100″ will be revealed April 17.