Making A Positive Awareness In The Media: 12 Actors With Disabilities
The awareness of disabilities and long-term illnesses in the media has risen considerably in the last few years, where actors with disabilities are making a positive impact and landing key roles regardless of their disabilities. There’s an ongoing argument where non-disabled actors are playing disabled roles, even though real disabled actors are available, which is particularly evident in Hollywood films. So within this feature we’ve specifically focused on television media, as there’s a positive increase in the amount of disabled actors now landing major roles in television.
Although the public shouldn’t necessarily look to the media to learn about these disabilities, it’s certainly raising the awareness and helping to dissolve stigmas around the subject. The lack of disabled actors in television and film is something which has improved considerably over the years, however still needs changing and is an area which needs much more discussion and attention.
Good news is that there are already quite a few channels out there trying to make those changes, including the BBC, and some truly remarkable television shoes that are making waves in the media. A recent one to watch out for is ABC’s new comedy “Speechless” which follows a family of five with a special needs child.
“In July 2014, BBC Director General Tony Hall pledged to quadruple the number of disabled people on screen by 2017”
This feature outlines 12 actors with disabilities and long-term illnesses that are making a positive awareness in the media with their outstanding performances in television phenomenons such as “Game of Thrones”, “Breaking Bad”, “Stranger Things” and more. Check out which actors are on the list, as well as an infographic which presents some statistics on the employment of disabled actors within television.