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How the media sees Disabilities. A Caleb Kenneth Jacobson Production. Into the Intro. In the media today discrimination is far and wide within the media but when seeing it on the surface it dulls the senses to the more subtle kicks

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how the media sees disabilities

How the media sees Disabilities

A Caleb Kenneth Jacobson Production

into the intro
Into the Intro
  • In the media today discrimination is far and wide within the media but when seeing it on the surface it dulls the senses to the more subtle kicks
  • By this I mean disabilities; a person who until yesterday was treated equally by others, then there was undisclosed accident and now they are looked down upon
  • Perhaps the psyche is more suitable than a physical as the brain had been wired differently since birth
please walk down the catwalk
Please walk down the catwalk

Medical Model

Social Model

Says disabilities are caused by the way society is organised

This view is set up to remove barriers to allow choices

Isonly referred to as the social model which is easier to remember

  • Say individuals are disabled by impairments and differences
  • Control of most choices resides with a “professional” or a “helping expert”
  • Sometimes referred to as the individual model

•A teenager with a learning difficulty wants to work towards living independently in their own home but is unsure how to pay the rent.

Under the social model, the person would be supported so that they are enabled to pay rent and live in their own home. Under a medical model, the young person might be expected to live in a communal home

basic stereotypes or views
Basic stereotypes or views
  • The super cripple
  • Sinister and evil
  • The short angry person
  • They are brave and courageous
  • They are less intelligent
stigmas sticking out
Stigmas Sticking Out
  • There are four main Stigmas used to describe people with mental disorders
  • They are dangerous, they are irresponsible and cannot make life decisions, they are child-like and must be taken care of by relatives, people with mental disorders should just get over it
  • Remember words hurt
discriminating against autism in school
Discriminating against Autism in School
  • A safe environment for a child in school is rare so sometimes a parent will send there child with a tape recorder just in case
  • It sometimes happens to be that this discrimination is taught by the teachers
the mental media
The Mental Media
  • Being short is considered a disability, also calling a short person a midget or a dwarf is discrimination
  • The media enjoys the idea that a villain who is deformed or crippled in some sense makes for a fantastic foe, such as the Phantom of the Opera
  • The media loves to poke fun at wheel chair people vs. stairs or show them taking down crooks
  • If you are not young and attractive with a visual disability then your cross Canada run will not make the news


  • The way a some people see a wheelchair is the pinnacle of weakness, this sport however smashes that stereotype like a train to a Prius
  • They changed the name to Wheelchair Rugby
  • It was invented by a Canadian in 1977
close down the shop
Close Down the Shop
  • Always remember that even within the confines of the media you will not always discover truth, so please next time you walk past a person who has a disability watch your tongue and treat them as an equal cause you never know how they desire to be treated

Or is it?