October 4, 2011
Character Portryal on TV
647 characters are currently on network TV but only five have physical/mental challenges. Last year, only four had challenges. This information is based on 91 stations that have TV scheduled in 2011-12.
“People with disabilities represent our country’s largest minority,” said Christine Bruno, co-chair of the Tri-Union I AM PWD campaign to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in entertainment, which helped conduct the report. “We look to our stages and screens not only for entertainment, but to hold a mirror up to society. Our industry has a responsibility to its artists and the viewing public to accurately reflect what we see on our streets and in our communities.”
The characters shown on network TV who have physical/mental challenges include a boy with Asperger’s syndrome, and a boy who is wheelchair dependent. There is also a grandma with Alzheimer’s disease.
Cable TV showed a slight increase in portraying characters with physical/mental challenges. They had ten characters on their shows with four in reprieve roles. Cable highlighted conditions such as Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.
Written By: Kathleen (Katy) WomanonWheels Completed At: 3:31 PM