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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