The reality TV show ‘Born This Way’ won two Emmys for outstanding casting and cinematography. The show was also recently renewed for a fourth season by cable network A&E. Click here to read the full article by Shaun Heasley on Disability Scoop.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and one community arts center in Wales is using the occasion to host a series of dementia-friendly films. The goal of the series if to spark memories in dementia patients so the films will be silver screen classics like Some Like It Hot and Calamity Jane. Follow this link to a BBC News article by Karl Yapp to learn more.
Kayhan Life reports that the short film “Love is Blind”, starring music therapist and actor Arsalan Nami, won the jury prize at the Entr’2 Marches International Festival in Cannes. The film tells the story of a man who is losing his vision and his changing relationship. Read more.
The children’s television show Sesame Street just introduced a new character, Julia, a muppet who has autism. The show’s creators hope to encourage inclusion in younger children. Read more
NCDJ advisory board member Beth Haller will host a webinar on the TV representation of people with disabilities on April 5. A disability and media scholar, Haller will talk about the rise of TV shows including ABC’s “Speechless.” Read more
The Tumblr page “What is Ableism” has added a helpful tip sheet journalists explaining ableism and how to avoid it in reporting. Read more
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin told reporters, “There have been only a handful of people talking about the lack of inclusion of people with disabilities” in the film industry and Hollywood. Read more
Crain’s Chicago reports that people with disabilities make up around two percent of board members for non-profits–but that may be changing. Read more
An upcoming festival will highlight people with disabilities in the film and media industries. Read more
Melissa Blake examines the lack of female characters with disabilities on TV, writing, “Women with disabilities exist beyond mere props used to teach some worldly lesson.” Read More