A new Nielsen study shows representation for people with disabilities remains low.
Today, people with disabilities are 34% more likely than the general population to feel there isn’t enough inclusion of their identity group in media, and more than 50% say the portrayals they see inaccurately represent their individual identity groups.
The report analyzed the representation of disabled characters on film and TV shows released from 1918 to 2022. The titles came from a Nielsen database that included about 164,000 films and TV shows that premiered over the past century. Of those, about 4.2 percent, or 6,895 titles, were tagged as having significant disability themes or content.
For perspective, 26% of the adults in the United States have a physical or psychological disability.
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