Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Wheelchairs on Television

Here is a very thoughtful deconstruction of the almighty fuckups in television portrayals of characters in wheelchairs.  It articulates precisely some of the things I noticed vaguely as being not quite right.

I have a hera who uses a wheelchair, Brenda in P.I.E. which you can explore via the Serial Poetry page.  She owns at least two, one for everyday, and a custom combat model with kevlar.  I just figured that she's smart, formidable, and likes to look sharp; and therefore she would've obtained equipment at or slightly beyond the cutting edge.  The cover picture beside the series description was actually part of the inspiration for the characters.  But if I had needed more detail for an art rendering, I would've done the research for it.  Same for an onscreen rendering.  I'm kind of appalled, though I suppose not surprised, that the TV people seem to skip this vital step as a general rule.
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