e d g e - education for disability and gender equity

TEACHER'S
GUIDE


CONTENTS

 
1 Overview
2 Common Threads
3 EDGE Website
4 Using the Guide
5 Lessons
  5.1 Physics
  5.2 Biology
  5.3 Government
  5.4 Culture
6 Other Resources
   
 

5.4 CULTURE - or - Are media images of people with disabilities accurate?

 
  Resources
  Some Notable People
  Before Using the Culture Module
  After Using the Culture Module
 

5.4.1 SUMMARY
Perceptions about people with disabilities are the main cause of discriminatory practices against people with disabilities. The historical and cultural roots of conventional media images of people with disabilities are examined in the Culture Module. Examples ranging from historical paintings to current music videos are employed to show a persistent cultural perception. Activities ask students to match favorite people with their disabilities, as well as invent an advertising campaign.

5.4.2 RESOURCES
Disability Studies Quarterly -
http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/

Ragged Edge - http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/

Ragged Edge links - http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/gen/linkgen.htm

Deaf Resource Library - http://www.deaflibrary.org/

African-Americans Deaf Resources - http://www.deafweb.org/blackdef.htm

Little People of America - http://www.lpaonline.org/

5.4.3 SOME NOTABLE PEOPLE
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins - Musician (TLC) -
http://www.usatoday.com/life/health/doctor/lhdoc233.htm

John Hockenberry - http://users.techline.com/dimples/index.html

5.4.4 BEFORE USING THE CULTURE MODULE

  1. Have the students list characteristics that they associate with people with disabilities. Ask them to identify media sources for those beliefs - they can use music videos, books, magazines, films or websites.
  2. Have the students list all the famous people that they know are disabled. Discuss why the list is so short. Discuss why people who have disabilities may not be publicly known to be disabled.
  3. Have the students list characters from movies or books who have disabilities. Discuss how many of these characters were played by non-disabled actors. In books have students consider if the character was portrayed as a victim, a hero, or a villain.

5.4.5 AFTER USING THE CULTURE MODULE

  1. Have the students compare disability-run publications and nondisabled publications - print or online. What are the similarities and differences of the news coverage of disabled people? How do the issues raised by the EDGE Culture module inform their analyses?
  2. Have the students search teen sites for information about teens with disabilities. Are the sites accessible to teens who use screen readers (i.e. is there a text option)? Do teens with disabilities participate in these sites?
  3. Have students consider gender issues- are disabilities among women considered worse than disabilities among men? Do disabled men and women differ in how they react to having a disability? Does society treat these people differently? How and why?

5.4.6 LESSON PLAN AND CONTENT
After a general introduction to culture and disability, this lesson delves deeply covering stereotyping, disability in the media, disability and art, charity images, telethons, news media, and disability culture. Included are both current images as well as historical, and disabled, figures such as the artist Goya.

Activities
Three activities are available for this lesson.
Activity 1
asks students to match up the famous celebrity with their disability. This is both a high-interest activity as well as very informative.

Activity 2 asks students to examine their attitudes about people with disabilities by asking such questions as: "Can a blind person announce a baseball game?" and "Can a person with cerebral palsy make a movie?"

Activity 3 asks students to create an offline fundraising advertisement for "World Wheels." Students are given design guidelines and then asked to evaluate their design based on the disability images represented.

Self-Test
This Self-Test is the most complex of all the lessons. Students are give four choices to each of the eight questions. It reflects the lessons as well as the activities.

People Resources
A wide range of people with disabilities are presented including: Don Wardlow, a baseball announcer who is blind; celebrities with disabilities; as well as athletes, actors and radio hosts.

Resources for further learning
Arts organizations, disability culture magazines and media organizations are included here.

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