A Message from the Executive Director
The Super Bowl is known for many things including their memorable and effective advertising through commercials. These are the most watched of any commercials in the country and can provide an enormous opportunity to help break down social stigmas around disability by making people with disabilities more visible. These commercials should include people with disabilities in a manner that normalizes disability.
In television we have evolved from the early roles of people with disabilities such as Raymond Burr (Ironside) in 1967, and Corky Thatcher (Life Goes On in 1989 which was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome). Today there are series where most of the cast includes people with disabilities, such as As We See It, a series about three roommates in their 20’s on the autism spectrum, as they navigate jobs, dating and family relationships. These television series and commercials alike present a huge opportunity to tell diverse, complex stories of the disability experience by including people with disabilities.
In a few weeks, I will be one of the millions of people watching the Super Bowl and hope that the commercials include people with disabilities but without the focus on disability. It certainly is about time!
Have you viewed a commercial or television show that you feel had a positive message using actors with disabilities in the cast? I would love to hear about it, feel free to email me or call me at 513-338-5100.
Wishing you peace and prosperity,
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