Telling our story by ourselves
Accounting for representation by persons with disabilities
Representation. Every single human being deserves to see somebody who looks like them in movies, books, commercials and toys. Unfortunately for far too
long, that has not been the case. People of all races, abilities, body types, genders, religions, etc. need to be represented in what we watch, read and
Unfortunately, in my lived experience of being blind, I have to navigate in different circles in order to comprehend.
When I received an award for being the first blind humanitarian worker it didn’t make sense by the time, but with my recent outings I have come to appreciate the drops of hope and work I deed.
I realized the importance of living a legacy which generations remember.
as a Recently we are
seeing small steps to remedy this problem in the media
and I so appreciate that! Representation matters!
Imagine being a child with a disability and all you ever see are typical, children who are yet to be disabled. What message does that send you about yourself? That you
are “abnormal.” That you are not worthy of being shown to the world. I know you’re reading this cringing inside, because of course no child should ever
be made to feel that way.
Lack of representation also hurts those children who are represented. They grow up with the incredibly skewed perception that everybody looks like them,
and anybody who doesn’t isn’t “normal” and should be feared. That, my friends, is how racism and ableism can be perpetuated in our kids without us even
realizing it. Representation matters!
Now imagine that same child seeing commercials, advertisements, characters in movies and books, and dolls made to look like them. What an inclusive message
that sends. Disability sausage YouTube channel represents this ideology.
You are a human, worthy of being included! You are human, just like everybody else! Representation matters!
We shall be digging deep in this matter in order to break the walls of inclusion