Disasters in Diversity: Disability in Media

Disasters in Diversity: Disability in Media


Day Al-Mohamed

Lead On Network

Lawrence Carter-Long

Nothing Without Us Media

Susan Mazrui

AT&T Services

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.

Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate