Arts and Culture

Australian media still not adequately representing people with disability

Posted on: Tue 30 Oct 2018

Recent studies estimate that only 4% of characters who identify as having a disability have appeared on a fictionalised television drama program, compared to 18% of the overall population. This is reflective of the low number of people with disabilities who work in media, including the television, radio and film industries.

Without normalising who they are, prejudice and ignorance could continue to constrict positive representations and portrayals of disability.

De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad and Angus chatted with Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Chair of Attitude Foundation Australia, about his perspective on this unresolved matter.

Produced by: Jarad McLoughlin and Angus Fowler

Image: Australian Human Rights Commission –




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