Are one in five people really disabled?
According to official statistics 19% of working aged adults, or one in five people self-report as being ‘disabled’, and this figure has been widely used in the media to promote pro-disability programming. How do we Define Disability? According to the formal, legal, UK definition under the 2010 Equality Act someone is disable if they ‘have…
Representations of Disability
Sociologists have argued that the media historically represents disabled people in a limited range of stereotypes, such as objects of pity, unable to participate fully in social life, and in need of our help. Stereotypes of disability Barnes (1992) identified a number of recurring stereotypes of disabled people including: Pitiable and pathetic – a staple…