More than one in ten Americans live with an apparent disability. And yet, the portrayal of disability in popular culture, like characters in blackface, is often based on stereotypes lacking depth or understanding of the disability experience: exaggerated caricatures of heroes, victims, sidekicks, and villains. Increasingly, these portrayals impact not only the success or failure of creative endeavors, but also impact individual lives. The protests for the film “Me Before You” are a reminder of this. Using examples from popular culture and a dash of humor, disability experts at the intersection of technology, film, and media will discuss how to develop authentic disabled characters and stories.
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