CBS is the first network to sign a pledge with the Ruderman Family Foundation to audition more actors with disabilities. The organization pushes for the inclusion of people with disabilities. CBS' NCIS: New Orleans is one of four series to get the foundation's seal of authentic representation with the casting of paralyzed actor Daryl Mitchell. “The Ruderman Family Foundation commends CBS for its leadership in becoming the first major media company to pledge to audition actors with disabilities for roles in their productions,” Foundation president Jay Ruderman said in a statement. “It is our hope that other major media companies will follow their lead and foster opportunities that will lead to more authentic representation of people with disabilities in popular entertainment. Enhanced visibility of disability on screen will help reduce stigmas people with disabilities face in everyday life.