e d g e - education for disability and gender equity

CULTURE
CONTENTS

1
Introduction
2
Stereotyping
3
Disability in Media
4
Disability & Art
5
Charity Images
6
Telethons
7
News Media
8
Disability Culture
 
9
ACTIVITY
10
RESOURCES
   

SELF-TEST (text-only version)
Read the question carefully, then click on the letter of the answer you think fits the question best:

1. Which groups in society are most likely to be portrayed as stereotypes in the media?
A. writers and painters
B. minority groups
C. rich and powerful people

2. Which of the following best describes how the media has traditionally viewed people with disabilities?
A. as heroic individuals bravely overcoming adversity

B. as victims of their conditions, who need help and charity in order to survive
C. both of the above

3. Why are so many people with disabilities unemployed and low-income?
A. because their disabilities make it impossible for them to work
B. because there aren't enough charity programs to support all people with disabilities
C. because of job discrimination, negative attitudes, and lack of opportunities

4. Why do some disability-rights activists object to the Jerry Lewis Telethon?
A. because it reinforces pity and prejudice, and harms the self-respect of people with disabilities.
B. because it does not raise enough money.
C. because Jerry Lewis isn't funny.

5. Which of the following currently characterizes most prize-winning newspaper articles about disability?
A. in-depth exploration of complex political and economic issues affecting people with disabilities.
B. human interest stories, emphasizing the tragedy of disability, and the inspirational courage of individuals with disabilities.
C. stories written by people with disabilities themselves, expressing their own views about their experiences.

6. Which of the following themes is most likely to be expressed by an artist or writer who is part of the Disability Culture movement?
A. the tragedy of disability, and the importance of overcoming disability.
B. pride, group solidarity in the disability community, and the complex and rich experience of living with a disability.
C. advice about how to select and purchase a wheelchair.

7. What was the most important factor in creating the Disability Culture movement?
A. the emergence of the disability-rights and independent living movements.
B. anger among people with disabilities about the way they were portrayed in popular culture.

C. greater availability of arts education to more people with different kinds of disabilities.

8. Which of the following statements about people with disabilities, the media, and popular culture is most true?
A. All artists, writers, and performers who have disabilities are helping to promote disability pride and disability culture.
B. People without disabilities cannot possibly understand or adequately portray the disability experience.
C. The creative works of artists, writers, and performers with disabilities is both challenging and enriching the popular culture.

 


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