Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.
The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization. — Susan Nussbaum, Disabled Characters in Fiction (via kassapti)
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Finally Grey’s Anatomy looking at the perks of having an impairment:
"I think you broke my leg! It’s OK, I have another one in the car."
BBC - Blogs - EastEnders News & Spoilers - Lisa Hammond joins EastEnders -
Lisa Hammond is set to join EastEnders to play the role of feisty market trader Donna Yates.
a girl once told me that we didn’t need disabled representation in the media because “the media is where we go to forget about our problems”
sorry, I didn’t realize that disabled people are “problems” we need to get away from or “forget” you ableist shit
The beauty of scars
Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer kiss in new The Normal Heart trailer -
Julia Roberts. Not an actual paraplegic actress. But, what else would you expect from Ryan fucking Murphy.
Able-Bodied Actors and Disability Drag: Why Disabled Roles are Only for Disabled Performers | Balder and Dash | Roger Ebert -
Scott Jordan Harris argues that disabled characters should not be played by able-bodied actors.
Inside the mind of Saga Noren -
Baffled that the Beeb filed this under “health” rather than “entertainment”. It’s about a TV character!
New York Fashion Week Features First-Ever Model In Wheelchair -
By Maggie Freleng, Women’s eNews NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)—The fashion industry is coming under steady pressure to widen the spectrum of beauty ideals. Ad campaigns have called out unrealistic beauty standards, major department stores are adding …
Call the Midwife's most controversial storyline yet as disabled boy and girl fall in love and have a baby -
The love between Jacob Milligan, who has cerebral palsy, and pregnant Down’s Syndrome sufferer Sally Harper is branded unnatural in 1950s London