Only 2.4 percent of all speaking or named characters in film were shown to have a disability in 2015, which is not representative of the number of Americans with a disability, that every one in five or 20 percent.
Fully 71.1 percent of the characters with a disability were white. Just 28.3 percent were were people of color and none of these characters were in leading roles.
[Video: The Projected Image: Disability Stereotypes In Film]
“We have a long way to go in how film and television show people with disabilities. For almost five decades, the Jerry Lewis telethon stigmatized people with disabilities by showing what people with disabilities can’t do. Now is the time to show what people with disabilities can do.” – RespectAbility President, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi