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Actors With Disabilities: Inclusion, Empathy and Positive Portrayal of Disability
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Actors With Disabilities: Inclusion, Empathy and Positive Portrayal of Disability

In the last two years, the movie industry has seen a lot of improvement in the inclusion of actors with disabilities in movies. Movie producers are producing more movies that portray disability positively, and more viewers are interested in the special talent and ability of actors with disabilities. 

Movies featuring actors with disabilities are getting more attention, and the three major factors that are contributing to the popularity of movies featuring actors with disabilities are:

  • Surge In Inclusion — Everyone is happy to see movie producers cast characters with disabilities in major movies and movie actors with disabilities are inspired to act in movies where they now get lead roles.
  • Sympathy to Empathy — Before now, actors with disabilities are depicted as hopeless people going through hardship in movies and any sort of success with disability in movies is seen as a heroic triumph. Movies featuring actors with disabilities before now were sympathetic, but now, movies featuring actors with disabilities depicts empathy and the use of abilities even as a person with disabilities.
  • Advocacy or Social enlightenment — Disability rights advocates and actors are keen on ensuring a positive portrayal of disability in movies. Almost all the new movies featuring actors with disabilities give viewers a sense of having learned something, of becoming more aware of an unfamiliar experience and the need to shun bias toward people with disabilities. Disability rights advocates regard the movie as an important tool in “raising disability rights awareness.”

Movie producers can positively influence disability rights, they need to stop portraying disability negatively, they need to focus on the abilities and positive portrayal of actors with disabilities, they need to put an end to all the ableist cliches, stereotypical stories, and cringe-worthy performances in movies and focus on micromanaging cinematic depictions of disability.

Lastly, movie producers need to cast more actors with a disability to play disabled characters because authentic casting has artistic merits.

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