Portrayal of Disability: Then and Now
Examining the way disability and disabled people have been portrayed in literature, pictures, sculpture, photographs, advertising, journalism, media and film in past periods and now.
Social attitudes change and are represented in how disabled people are portrayed, but strong stereotypes rooted in past attitudes and cultures persist and are often recycled, reinforcing negative treatment of disabled people. (See Disabling Imagery)
UKDHM supports a ‘social model’ approach to disability and would urge that activities take account of the transformative shift this involves – away from seeing disability as an individual deficit/burden to recognising that social and attitudinal barriers disable the rich diversity of humanity with a wide range of impairments. Examining the past through this lens allows us to gain much greater understanding of the oppressive disablism that unfortunately predominated and still does far too often, in portrayal of disability and disabled people.
For UKDHM 2015 you are invited to organise events, lectures, projects, exhibitions, film shows and curriculum studies that examine portrayal in the past. Do let us know what you are doing and we will publicise on our website. Film your events and send these with pictures and power points and we will put these up on the website.
- Disabling Imagery
- Invisible Children
- Raspberry Ripple Awards 1996
- European Disability Forum Declaration 2003
- Media Portrayal and Disability
- Disabling Imagery And The Media An Exploration of the Principles for Media Representations of Disabled People the First in a Series of Reports by Colin Barnes
- Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Disabled People Ireland, ILO
- TV Tropes has many examples of disability portrayal mainly in USA
- Ouch BBC Podcasts cover a wide range of issues including portrayal
- On Wikipedia
- Canadian Broadcasters
- A number of presentations on Disability and the Media with many examples of stereotypes
- A Tale of Two General Elections examining changing portrayal over 25 years