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What We Need Next for Disability Representation After the Oscars

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We’re doing better. An article published by the BBC this week lauded the Academy Awards for having the most diverse lineup of nominees ever.

The reporter, Alex Taylor, particularly highlighted the representation for people with disabilities — including “Crip Camp,” which received a Best Documentary nomination. (It lost to “My Octopus Teacher.”) While it’s been a landmark year, we still have a long way to go.

Taylor writes, “Last year, an annual inequality report from Florida’s USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that only 2.3% of all speaking characters across the 100 top-grossing films of 2019 were even depicted with a disability, let alone played by an actor with one.” According to the CDC, one in four adults lives

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