Several recent and forthcoming films and television programs will be featuring people with disabilities, also enhancing public awareness of these diverse conditions. This news is noteworthy, as the TV and film industry has come under criticism for hiring non-disabled actors to play the parts of people with actual disabilities. Last month, a white paper published by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that nearly all roles of people with a disability are played by non-disabled actors.
Two noteworthy television shows and a movie are coming this fall:
- The A Word, an acclaimed TV program about a boy with autism and his family will be airing on cable this fall.
- Speechless takes on the challenge of accurately portraying a child who is nonverbal.
- Po, a film on a 12-year-old boy on the autism spectrum deals with challenges, love, and acceptance life can offer.
In addition, Megan Bomgaars, star of Born this Way, has gained international recognition. By the way, the talented young woman has Down syndrome.
And let us remember the “good guys,” namely the charming new autistic character Julia from Sesame Street and the film Finding Dory, which has earned wide acclaim among reviewers and the American Autism Association.