Gail Williamson

Gail-Williams-BlairGail was introduced to the entertainment and media industry in 1990 when her son Blair, who has Down Syndrome, was featured in a national commercial. That experience opened her eyes to the power of the media and how it could be used to influence popular views of people with disabilities.


Since that time, Gail has coordinated the Talent Development and Industry Relations Division of the Media Access Office (M.A.O.) and is currently an administrator with a Los Angeles-based organization for people with developmental disabilities. (M.A.O. is a non-profit disability resource to the entertainment industry under the direction of the Governor of California’s Committee for the Employment of Disabled Persons.) Her work is heralded throughout the disabilities community and applauded by individuals, television, and feature film producers.

Personally, Gail takes on her family responsibilities with even greater, never-ending energy. She has been married for 25 years and is the biological mother of two children. In 1995 she and her husband made a life-changing decision, becoming the legal guardians to Gail’s six nieces after their parents had died. Despite the financial burden and limitations of a small three-bedroom house, they furnished all of the family with a loving home and stable family environment.

It is no wonder that she was recognized as one of Family Circle Magazine‘s “Women Who Make a Difference” (June 1999 issue). In the Spring of 1999 she was nominated and received the title of California Mother of the Year. In May of that year she was presented with the honor of being named National Mother of the Year by American Mother’s Inc., an organization that has been recognizing the value of motherhood since 1933.

Gail continues to work in Los Angeles as an administrator of a non-profit organization for those with Down Syndrome, an advocate and professional speaker as she travels the country assisting parents, employers, and community awareness organizations on better understanding the opportunities which can be made available to children with disabilities.