Disability Under and Misrepresented in the Media


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19Kamibarker6.28.14It happens all the time: People shockingly tell me how “beautiful” I am.  Does that ever happen to you? The experience is so strange when it happens to me.  It must be my wheelchair.

Odd how that works. If you’re attractive and able-bodied, that’s nice. If you’re attractive and a person with a disability, that’s news. People with disabilities should look . . . well, disabled.

For years, people with disabilities were hidden from society. We were placed in nursing homes “for our own good.” Or we were forced to stay home for lack of rails and ramps anywhere else. But once the ADA was passed in 1991, much changed. We left our houses, abandoned our nursing homes and escaped our special ed classrooms to join the world at large. But sadly, many of us are still regarded as curiosities.We’re long overdue for a change.

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2 thoughts on “Disability Under and Misrepresented in the Media

  1. Marilyn Armstrong July 20, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    I think people tell you you LOOK GREAT when they don’t know what else to say and when honesty seems too unpleasant.

    • fictionfitz July 21, 2014 / 7:24 am

      Do it myself. What other responses do you prefer?

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