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Disability and Equity in Education

2013

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

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The Pitiful Bellringer: The Implications Of Representations Of Disability In Media & Literature, Elizabeth A. Dolski May 2013

The Pitiful Bellringer: The Implications Of Representations Of Disability In Media & Literature, Elizabeth A. Dolski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project investigates how throughout history, those who were different or atypical were often relegated to a marginalized life; this perspective was indicative in literature of previous eras as well as in historical documentation. As indicated in this research, even though literature and media has moved away from personifying disability in an overwhelmingly negative light, it has consequently moved toward characterizing people with disabilities as the antihero worthy of pity. The unintentional, prejudicial view of people with disabilities in popular culture perpetuates the idea that disability is something that must be overcome. This disconnect hinders student awareness and acceptance, and ...