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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

One Woman Speaks up About the Lack of Neurodiverse People in Media

Nava Silton

In this piece showcased on, Melissa Blake, a woman with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, discusses how she feels underrepresented in the media. As a woman who uses a wheelchair, she feels that there is no reason why individuals with disabilities should not be more prevalent in television shows and movies. She reports that growing up her parents normalized her disability, but the media too often does the opposite, only focusing on a character’s disability rather than focusing on the character as a person and their disability as just one aspect of that. In this passionate opinion piece Blake gets to the root of the problem, lack of diversity and lack of acceptance. Read the full piece here

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