A report came out recently which has stated that there has been fewer characters with disabilities on prime time television. The current depiction of character who represent characters with disabilities is at 0.9 percent. In comparison last season had 11 different characters with disabilities.
These figures came from an annual report which came out this past week from GLAAD; which is an advocacy organization for gay and lesbian community. If you didn’t know about it. They made assessment of minority represented on tv during 2015 to 2016 season which they included a look at disabilities as well.
Fox leads the networks with four characters with disabilities which on its schedule currently. While ABC is expected to have two characters which have disabilities. On the other hand CBS and The CW have one character each that has a disability however NBC doesn’t currently have characters with disabilities on any of their series which was found in the report.
On cable ABC Family features two characters with disabilities. Showtime has one character who is featured a disability. Currently Hulu has one character with a disability.
In the report it goes into how the characters where considered to have disabilities if they were covered under the ADA which is the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The portrayals of disabilities have been slated to appear in “Empire” and “Rosewood” and “Scream Queens”. ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter”. CBS’s “NCIS New Orleans”, “The 100” on the CW will have portrayals of characters of disabilities on these current series.
On cable shows “Switched at birth” and “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family and Shameless on Showtime. Hulu will be featuring a character with a disability on the Australian drama called the “Neighbours” which the report stated.
It’s unfortunate that there hasn’t been any series who have featured characters with disabilities since the disability community should be featured on tv series since there are people who out there like myself who have disabilities are wanting to have some form of inclusion when it comes to being depicted on series. This is one reason for people to create series to help include characters with disabilities on different series that they create. As an advocate I want to see more characters out there with disabilities on different tv series and in other forms of media done in the proper manner.