Everyone loves a good story and the story starts with you.
You can change the way the world defines and views disability just by including more people with disability on screen. A recent USC study noted that of the top 900 films between 2007 and 2016, just 2.7% of characters were portrayed as having a disability. And yet, 20% of Americans have a disability, representing a market potential of more than $200 billion annually.
Challenging All Writers!
True inclusion will happen when people with disabilities have more visibility on screen. The time is now.
Easterseals encourages all writers to:
Include at least one writer with a disability in your writers' room. If you are having trouble finding qualified writers, we can help.
Make it commonplace to have people with disabilities as characters in your scripts - write in at least one character with a disability and tell us about it. Disability is simply a characteristic no different than the color of their hair, or gender, or any other aspect of being human.
And showrunners - instruct your casting directors to include people with disabilities in crowd scenes!