The largest minority group in the United States is made up of those with physical, sensory, or cognitive impairment (Eitzen, Zinn, and Smith 4). This minority group is unique because it is a category in which most of us will one day be included. The barriers of – and stereotypes relating to – ability and disability, are socially constructed. These stereotypes are internalized by people who are disabled, and are also further perpetuated by the media. As a group we have decided that this month we will focus our blogging on exploring the portrayal of disability in movies and on television (with an emphasis on media directed toward children), and examining the intersection of race and disability in Canada.
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Eitzen, Stanley D., Maxine Baca Zinn, and Kelly Eitzen Smith. “Disability and Ableism.” Gender, Race, and Popular Culture Book 2. GNDS 125. Canada: Pearson Custom Library, 2013. 2-27. Print.