AS a nation, the media tells us we’re becoming much more accepting of disabled people. While once conditions like autism were little-understood – and as a result little-discussed – they tell us that today we’re not only aware of differences in disability, but are actively embracing the fact that we’re not all the same.
Shows like Channel 5’s The Special Needs Hotel and Channel 4’s ‘The Autistic Gardner’ have, of course, help a great deal, and hopefully alter the public’s perception of disability and challenge ‘old-fashioned’ views surrounding certain disorders.
With many of us heading to the theatre to watch a pantomime, or taking in a Christmas concert or show, it’s important that – at this time of year, in particular – disabled people should be given the same platform as everyone else.
It’s something the father of a disabled girl believes strongly, thanks to the recent release of his new comic book. Making his daughter, Emily, the star of the story, this imaginative dad created a superhero called ‘The Department of Ability’ – and what a great premise for a comic.
After struggling to find comics featuring disabled people, Emily’s Dad – who knew how much she loved comics – was excited to do something about it.
With this in mind, at ubu we remain strong in finding it hard to see why disabled people can’t be celebrated for their abilities in other ways, too. With disability awareness and acceptance on the increase, we think it’s time we saw people like Emily represented in fun, creative ways in other stories, too.
From the star of a Christmas panto, to a lead role in a festive concert, the possibilities are endless – particularly when we start believing in the unique characteristics of people like the people we serve.
This December many of the people we serve will be an integrated part of the entertainment within their local communities with singing dancing and shows either in public or in their homes. But shouldn’t everyone get the chance?
Let us know your thoughts - Do you think it’s time we gave disabled people the voice they deserve – and not just at this time of year, but the whole year round?
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