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    • #11347
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      With social media at our finger tips it’s easier than ever to find inspirational people who also live with disabilities and chronic illnesses. 

      Are there any people on social media or YouTube who have been role models for you? 

    • #11370
      Ralph Yaniz
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      I think there definitely are people that I see on social media that inspire me. And maybe as this forum grows we might all share some of those contacts. But I think there is something missing here. Your question, Leah, is a good one. But I think in our society it should be broader and isn’t, because we don’t have media stars with disabilities at the level we should. There has been recent debate again about why Hollywood might choose an able bodied actor to play a role in, say, a wheelchair. Why not have a great actor who is truly in a wheelchair. I am working with some people to see if we can’t make that happen. True diversity, defined broadly, in our stars and role models. What do people think?

    • #11372
      Shweta
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      i agree with you.

    • #11377
      Leah Leilani
      Keymaster

      I agree that there needs to be accurate representation of disabled people on the big screens. I find it very heart warming when an actor is truly disabled in a movie or television show. I’m excited to go to the Los Angeles Abilities Expo and maybe meet Micah Fowler from the show Speechless!

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      I do agree that there should be better representation of the disable community in the media, But I believe the reason that we do not see this happen is due to the lack of vetted talent in the disable community.

      The main factor being that a disabled person is only physical able to act as a disable person, severely diminishing the amount of roles they can fill in a film and the amount of acting experience they can gain. Witch in turn causes another issue of limited and inconsistent work, While on the other hand, an able bodied person can fill any and all roles in a film, be it in a chair or not.

      @Ralph Yaniz

      I think there definitely are people that I see on social media that inspire me. And maybe as this forum grows we might all share some of those contacts. But I think there is something missing here. Your question, Leah, is a good one. But I think in our society it should be broader and isn’t, because we don’t have media stars with disabilities at the level we should. There has been recent debate again about why Hollywood might choose an able bodied actor to play a role in, say, a wheelchair. Why not have a great actor who is truly in a wheelchair. I am working with some people to see if we can’t make that happen. True diversity, defined broadly, in our stars and role models. What do people think?

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