Disabilities in Film and Television

By January 16, 2018Uncategorized

I don’t know about you but I am thrilled to see the growing number of television shows that include individuals with visible and indivisible disabilities. Now don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot of work to be done but I for one am a fan of exposure as a way to start the conversation. Now, I’m going to show my age a bit here but do you remember Life Goes On? I remember watching that show with my mother and as I reflect back, that must have been the catalyst for my interest and passion toward being a part of the change that creates inclusion in all communities. Film and television are two very influential and possible agents of change available today and I thought that I would take a moment to share some of my favorite films and television programs that include individuals with disabilities:

Atypical (Netflix)

Born This Way (A&E)

Speechless (ABC)

Switched at Birth (FreeForm)


Butterflies are Free (1972)

Temple Grandin (2010)

I hope that this short list has you thinking about some of your favorites and that you will share those with us. Please feel free to share some of your least favorites as well and let us know why.

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