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Good News: 11% of TV Characters Now Have Disabilities

Percentage of Characters With Disabilities on TV Reaches 11-Year Record High As representation grows, disability still widely underrepresented in comparison to U.S. public with disabilities

A new report by GLAAD shows a slight uptick in the percentage of series regular characters with a disability on broadcast scripted series to 3.5 percent for the 2020-2021 season, up from 3.1 percent. This represents a 12.9 percent increase. However, while the percentage showed improvement, the number of characters (27) remained the same from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021.

While increased representation should be celebrated, it also is important to note that, as stated in the GLAAD report, “this number continues to severely underrepresent the actual U.S.

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