Showing posts with label dwarfism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dwarfism. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sharing about dwarfism...and interdependence

Haley and Emily talk about being friends after they met in kindergarten and lessons they've learned about interdependence.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

dwarfism: USA Today article about acting opportunities

The article reads in part:

"Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, gays and disabled actors continue to break barriers in film and TV. But the approximately 125 short actors who are Screen Actors Guild members say they're usually pigeonholed by producers, directors and screenwriters. And even exceptional roles offer scant career momentum.

Still, times seem to be improving, with diminutive actors receiving high-profile projects and broader, more nuanced roles."

Via USA Today

As for actors with disabilities breaking barriers, I'd say this article is overly optimistic considering this piece on TV Squad stating that there are two new series featuring wheelchair bound actors. (Bound -get out the duct tape -geeze). Not to mention that only one of the actors really is a wheelchair user and has a disability. And that show is entitled "I'm with Stupid".

I just don't see this as breaking barriers. A SAG study from a few years ago agreed. The July 2005 article in the Pittsburgh -Tribune Review states that:
"While 20 percent of all Americans have a physical or mental disability, less than 2 percent of TV show characters display a disability and only one-half percent have speaking roles."

And then there's this dating show for people with disabilities being filmed in the Netherlands. Not sure exactly how they're going to present that, but I did get emailed via the SDS list serv a link to a video clip on CNN about the show which didn't look promising at all.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Images of Dwarfism

Did you realize that there are different forms of dwarfism?

Gary Parker, a professional photographer, has taken pictures for the Little People of America for the purpose, among other things, of educating the public about dwarfism. Please click above to visit his gallery. (Note: These images are copyrighted by Gary Parker and not for use in the public domain.)