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“There’s No Other Way to Describe it”: Images of Disability and Challenging Behaviour on a Current Affair

Symonds, Gwyn,

Academic Literature

2006

This paper urges educators in Australia to become more actively involved in responding to the popular culture construction of disability as it takes place in the mainstream media. It is argued that Australian special educators and researchers are currently passive in relation to our negative media representations of disability with little to be found in local research literature that shows a specific interest in the issue. It is proposed that the television news show, A Current Affair, which airs daily during the week on the Nine Network in Australia, at 6.30 p.m. following the six o’clock news, offers an illustrative example of social and cultural construction that unwittingly contributes to stereotypes about young people with challenging behaviours and disability. Such stereotyping can be laid bare by critique as a means of countering the impact of such uninformed, and often sensationalised, media images.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australasian Journal of Special Education

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Safety and security, Sector development and sustainability

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