What Are Your Thoughts On The Portrayal of Disability in the Media?

First I would like to say thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. The celebration continues meeting up with my family for dinner tonight.

As I type this, I am finishing getting ready to go out for dinner and then I will be home into to watch TLC summer.  That is one thing I enjoy the eclectic programming found on TLC summer’s line-up. The assortment of sometimes unique shows expands my mind and even at times my sense of social acceptance.

Disability and the Media

What do you think of how disability is portrayed on television? One thing I have noticed about the TLC line up is they have various shows about people with disabilities.  The one that comes to mind is The Little Couple. This show does not make any thing seem unusual it is just good family fun.  In case you have never seen it the show follows the couple, Doctor Jennifer Arnold and her husband Bill Klein both of whom are little people.  The thing I love about the show is that they don’t dwell on their limitations; both are extremely matter of fact about their life.

It is refreshing; my personal perception is that the media tends to make things on disability a pity party.  What happened to a good old human interest that was factual?  I believe that the media has gotten better in recent years, media have made drastic improvements, TLC is one of many shining examples of this. 

Those of you that have read this and have read my old post about Artie from Glee you will realize that I think in terms of dramatizations there needs to be some work but I can’t ignore the fact that massive positive strides have been made.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to What Are Your Thoughts On The Portrayal of Disability in the Media?

  1. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    I couldnt agree more Glynis

  2. Adelaide Dupont says:

    It’s great to see any media expand our sense of social acceptance and our minds!

    Yes, it’s true, that media can open up what is already there/emerging.

    CapriUni from Plato’s nightmare; Aesop’s dream thinks differently.

    She is a regular watcher of a show called Chuck, and she made a point about five things she doesn’t have to worry about when she watches this show, and that she will miss when it’s no longer on the air.

    CapriUni on the things which make her happy: you may have to scroll halfway down to read the Chuck reference

    And yes, it probably is important to have one show in your life which doesn’t reflect the disability experience.

    Watched a really excellent story last night about audio descriptions. Teenagers will have some independence going to the movies and perceiving what is going on. The Disability Discrimination Commissioner enjoys the movies too.

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