Disability Representation   5 comments

I want to put together a resource here, and I am hoping that my readers will help. Under this page I want to have a few more pages that people can go to for lists of books and movies that include different disabilities. I want to link to reviews (or review them myself, or have a guest review post) so people know what they’re getting themselves into.

I would also like to have a list of blogs and web sites about disability representation in entertainment and in the media. In addition, I would like to have posts that discuss how different disabilities are portrayed in the media in general and specifically (both in our entertainment – TV, books, movies – and in the news).

I am keeping comments open on this page and I would appreciate it if my readers could leave comments with links to resources that could help me in this endeavour.

** It doesn’t all have to be in English, I will do my best to translate stuff if necessary. If you can provide a translation that would also be very awesome!

In the interests of full disclosure, I intend to use some of the information to create a presentation about how this all works and what people can do to make it better. When the presentation is done, I will make sure it is available for viewing as well. Anyone who assists in gathering materials will be listed in the credits.

Posted June 14, 2014 by karalianne

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  1. The main character of the show Blood Ties has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative condition which leads to blindness. It’s not there yet but her vision is definitely impaired. Same goes for the Blood Books, the series the show is based on.

  2. Hopefully you are already aware of these potentially helpful resources for identifying books, movies, etc with disabled characters: http://disabilityinkidlit.wordpress.com, http://disabilityinkidlit.tumblr.com, and also check out the Facebook group Disabookability which is for people who want to chat about disability representation in books, movies, games, TV, whereever– it’s a closed group in that you have to ask to be added, but the owner adds pretty much anyone who asks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/213950585448006/ Many of the members (including the person who started it) are in the UK, but there are some people from other countries also.

    I wrote a blog post a while ago about my experience “meeting myself” in a book for the first time as a little deaf girl: http://ramblingjustice.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/1st-met-me/ At the bottom of the blog post, you can find a collection of more links to people writing about why representation matters to them. Not all limited to disability representation, but certainly including some of that also.

    At my own Tumblr blog (and occasionally at my RamblingJustice WordPress blog, but more often at Tumblr), I often reblog stuff by other people on the importance of representation–I tend to gravitate the most to disability representation stuff but I do reblog other kinds of representation also. My Tumblr is andreashettle.tumblr.com.

    • Oh, also, you might want to talk about this resource in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks tag in Twitter and Tumblr, and you may also want to submit information about your resource to weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com (use the submit button there). Although their main focus is on books, a lot of people involved with the We Need Diverse Books movement care about diversity in media other than books, too. (No, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is not just a tag or a meme, it’s a movement, it’s an organized campaign, and there are various plans in the works for more action to come, so you might want to read up about it at the blog and get involved …)

      Oh, and also check the #DiversifyYourShelves tag in Twitter and Tumblr for recommendations of diverse books in general, including sometimes recommendations of books with disabled characters. And definitely use this tag for encouraging people to visit the book section of your collection of resources.

      • Oh, thank you, those are good ideas. I can’t believe I forgot to tag for WeNeedDiverseBooks! I’ll submit the link to the Tumblr and when I post the link on Twitter again I’ll tag it. I’ll also take a look at the Facebook group. I think I’m already following the WordPress blogs but I’ll double-check.

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