Stigma or Empowerment? What Do Disabled People Say About Their Representation In News and Entertainment Media?

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Beth Haller
Lingling Zhang


news, entertainment TV, film


This paper asked people who identify themselves as disabled to evaluate the American media’s presentation of disability. Disabled people internationally took an online survey on media representations. Respondents (N=390) say much of the American film, TV, and news representations of disabled people are problematic and disempowering.

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