Equal representation in the media is an important part of inclusive societies. When groups of people are excluded from mass media, such as television shows, it can suggest a lack of representation or a lack of capability.
One frequently underrepresented group is people with disabilities. Despite the fact that it is estimated that more than 10% of the world’s population has a disability, very few people with disabilities are featured in popular media.
Many viewers have begun questioning representation. This article from the BBC discusses the show “The Apprentice,” a show which has yet to feature a contestant with a visible disability. The article explores a number of viewpoints on fostering a more inclusive model for the show.
"Having a visibly disabled person represented on ‘The Apprentice’ could only have a positive impact on wider perceptions of disabled people in the workplace," says Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of the Disability Business Forums. "With disabled people constituting more than 19% of Britain's working-age population, it would send a message that disability should never be a barrier to a successful career."
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