As a kid, I would get very excited to learn that a disabled character was actually being played by a disabled actor, why you ask; because, so often this is NOT the case. I wrote a similar post here
Why can’t they use real-life disabled folk to play these characters? I just feel it would be way more authentic. I know they do this sometimes by why not all the time? You may remember the show Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, about a deaf woman who works for the FBI. The actor who plays Sue is deaf and signs throughout the show as well as lip-reads and verbally communicates. If you can have a deaf actor playing a deaf character why can’t you have a chair user when the character is in a chair?
Also I feel like the media glosses over issues of accessibility, rarely if ever a character is barred from something because of accessibility issues in fact usually the person is carried into the venue before that happens. How realistic is this response though? Not doable for someone in a power wheelchair, could this be why then that it is a rarity to have a character that uses motorized wheelchair? It’s easier to gloss over these issues if we make the character have the lesser form of injury, illness or disability, just so we can put them into a manual wheelchair instead of power?
All that said no wonder characters all too often that have disabilities seem transparent when watching tv or movies.
If you got to the end of this I commend you, it was long but I was on a role!
What are your thoughts on this subject?
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