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- education for disability and gender equity
- TEXT VERSION
- A: No. Writers and painters are creators of media, and only occasionally
subjects of it.
- B: Correct. People of color, people with disabilities, gay and lesbian
people, and other minority groups are frequently presented in stereotypical
ways in the media.
- C: No. Rich and powerful people tend to have a great deal of influence
on the media, which often supports their interests.
- A: This is a common view, in which people with disabilities are shown
as isolated individuals, without any social or political context to
explain the obstacles facing them.
- B: This is also a common view, evoking pity and generosity but not
respect toward people with disabilities.
- C: Correct. Although these two views may seem contradictory, they
both occur frequently in the media, and they both help to perpetuate
shallow, negative attitudes toward people with disabilities.
- A: No. While some serious health conditions do preclude employment,
most people with disabilities can and want to work.
- B: No. Most people with disabilities do not need charity in order
to work. They need opportunities, on-the-job supports (which may be
provided by employers, by government programs, by disabled employees
themselves, or occasionally by non-profit charitable organizations).
- C: Correct. These factors are more responsible for unemployment and
poverty than disabilities themselves.
- A: Correct. These effects may limit the opportunities available to
people with disabilities.
- B: No. Activists have criticized the ideas and images presented by
the Telethon, not the amount of money it raises.
- C: No. While this may be true, it is not the basis of activists' objections.
- A: No. Most articles fail to address these issues in enough depth.
- B: Correct. These kinds of stories are common in newspapers throughout
- C: No. Very few major daily newspapers have people with disabilities
working for them, reporting on disability issues or anything else.
- A: No. These themes are more likely to be presented in traditional
cultural products, such as mainstream books and movies, created by nondisabled
- B: Correct. These are themes in the works of Cheryl Marie Wade, Greg
Smith, Dan Keplinger, Neil Marcus, Laura Hershey, and many other artists
and writers with disabilities.
- C: No. While these kinds of practical issues do arise in some of the
disability community's magazines and websites, they are not frequent
themes in disability art.
- A: Correct. These movements brought disabled people together, helped
to create a group identity, and nurtured ideas about pride and choices
and rights, all important themes in the the Disability Culture movement.
- B: No. While this is one factor which motivates some artists with
disabilities, is less important than pride and the desire to express
the power and beauty of the disability community.
- C: No. While this has been one factor in expanding opportunities to
some artists with disabilities, it is not the driving force behind the
Disability Culture movement.
- A: No. Some of these creators do not deal with disability themes at
all. However, they may still be important as role models to other aspiring
artists who have disabilities.
- B: No. This is a generalization which is not always true. Some nondisabled
artists have created compelling explorations of different aspects of
the disability experience.
- C: Correct. Artists, writers, and performers with disabilities continue
to enrich our culture immensely.