Actors and Actresses with Disabilities Finally Start to Get Their Due

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.

 

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Two noteworthy television shows and a movie are coming this fall:

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.

 

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