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- education for disability and gender equity
People with disabilities are another group in society who have been profoundly impacted by the media, both for good and for ill. In the mass media, people with disabilities are often rendered invisible, leading to the mistaken belief that such people do not exist, or are insignificant in society. (In the last exercise, when you looked at magazine advertisements featuring women, did you see any women with disabilities?)
Ironically, however, authors, artists, and members of the public have long been fascinated by the subject of disability. Because disabling conditions are so widespread, and can affect any family at any time, everyone has a stake in trying to comprehend what it means to live with a disability. People look to *cultural products* for information, understanding, and interpretation of the disability experience.
Media representations may offer accurate information and truthful insights or, just as likely, they may put forth myths, distortions, or outright falsehoods. As with other groups, people with disabilities may be presented as stereotypes.
What stereotyped notions about people with disabilities have you seen or heard? Have you seen these movie characters?
These characters represent some of the more common media stereotypes about people with disabilities. Can you describe some disability stereotypes, using these characters as examples?
(Next - Section 4: Disability & Art)