Access and Participatory media

(Kent & Ellis 2011) explain the effects that not being represented in contemporary media have on disabled people and how this issue gives into other issues such as the general public being misinformed of certain disabilities because of their little knowledge of disabled people. ”The link between a person’s physical body and the construction of their online representation can be a complex negotiation, particularly when it relates to disability and identity” (Ellis & Kent, p. 129). The authors make clear that people with disabilities may find it difficult making a depiction of themselves due to the lack of representation in the media. If represented properly in media, many stigmas and stereotypes around disabled people will be cast into the light and shown why they are wrong along with people being properly informed about the struggles that disabled people have when it comes to accessing certain medias and how their participation is limited because of this.

Certain disabilities have it made it extremely difficult for people to use digital media and may not be able to communicate in various ways that most people are able to as people with cerebral palsy may struggle to use an iPhone compared to a person that doesn’t have a disability. This concerns people with disabilities access and way they participate with digital media as a whole. With people that have certain disabilities having a limited access to the media this may be a reason as to why their experience as disabled people is scarcely shown in contemporary media.

The percentages of disabled people in reality, sit coms, dramas and animates television shows.
(Disability Demographics by Tv Genre, 2013)

(Ellis & Goggin 2015) argue that relating to ability and inclusion in terms of digital media shows how severely people with disabilities are underrepresented and focused on by the government when it comes to funding and showing their experience in contemporary media. The issues raised in this reading show the perspective and point of the view of disabled people who may view their experience as one that is becoming less cared for by both government and media which has seen several forms of media made by disabled people crowd funded such as My Gimpy Life in order to continue being made. This shows that people who have disabilities or cater their digital media to people with disabilities often struggle for their voice to be heard.

(Goggin & Newell 2003) Show ways in which contemporary media has moulded and suited the needs of disabled people with examples such as closed caption devices being given to deaf people in order to watch movies and television. Things like this show how contemporary media has made some improvements into the way that it’s able to be used by people with disabilities, but still for the most part does not give solutions to many other types of disabilities.


Ellis, K and Goggin, G (2015): “Disability Media Participation: Opportunities, Obstacles and Politics”, Media International Australia, v154n1, pp 178-88.

Goggin, G. and Newell, C. (2003). Digital disability. Lanham [Md.]: Rowman & Littlefield.
Kent, M. and Ellis, K. (2017). Disability and the media. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Ellis, K. and Kent, M. Disability and New Media. New York and London: Routledge, 2011.



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