On September 22, James (Jimmy) Curran, senior competitive research analyst at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), received the Sixth Annual Hero Award from Acting Without Boundaries (AWB). The award is presented to a community leader with a physical disability who displays remarkable effort to overcome adversity, enhance awareness, reduce stigma and increase community access for disabled individuals.
“I’m honored to be recognized by an amazing organization like Acting Without Boundaries. I’m hopeful that my apparel brand, children’s book, and advocacy efforts will help create a more aware and inclusive society for people of all abilities.” – Jimmy Curran
In addition to his work on the Corporate Research team at Independence, Curran is co-founder of the company’s associate resource group ABLE. ABLE stands for Associates Beyond Limited Expectations. The group strives to create a universally accessible work environment and a connection to the community, while providing educational opportunities for associates on topics that embrace individuals of all abilities and talents.
Curran has also been an outspoken advocate of the expansion of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) policy, which Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed into law in July. MAWD provides critical care while also allowing recipients to pursue career advancement opportunities without fear of losing access to health care benefits.
Outside of the workplace, Curran is an author, motivational speaker, and founder of a clothing line he started to help eliminate the stigma associated with being disabled.
Acting Without Boundaries is a year-round theater program based in Bryn Mawr, PA. It aims to provide a creative and artistic space for teenagers and young adults with physical disabilities to pursue acting and performing.