disability in mainstream television

Today, while writing this I am watching television. And although there are representations of people with disabilities in mainstream television in reality TV I’m frustrated that none of these representations include in wheelchairs. I should note that yes Artie from Glee is the exception to the rule, but my argument with that Artie is played by an able-bodied actor. I don’t understand, why this is something of a challenge for the mainstream media, the years I’ve learned to realize that it is and frankly quite excited that disabled characters are included in shows and more excited still when those characters are played by disabled actors and actresses themselves.

I think shows like Little People Big World and The Little Couple do an exemplary job of educating mainstream society on the struggles faced little people and do a fabulous job reminding us all to forget their disabilities and remember that they are the first, and enjoy all the facets of life: parenting, employment, recreational activities etc.
If anyone does know about a mainstream television show that does include someone in wheelchair played by a disabled actor/actress I would love to know about it please share it with me and everyone else in the comments, also if you have anything at all to add about this post please do so in the comments.

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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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