Problematic Representation of People with Disabilities in the Media

At Hand-in-Hand, we often find ourselves reminding people that words matter. The way we talk about or describe someone can change the way they’re perceived entirely. Something we talk about less often, that is just as important, is how people are represented in pop culture. Disability representation in fictional characters and famous figures influences society’s views on individuals with disabilities in our everyday lives. By having more accurate portrayals in movies and pop culture, the stigma surrounding disability may start to dissolve. Annie Segarra is an advocate for disability rights, using her social media following to start discussions about accessibility and media representation of

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