Disability Resources works to increase awareness

Nicole Zelniker, World & Nation Editor

October 2, 2015

During my first semester at Guilford College, I decided to become a notetaker for my First-Year Seminar. I did not realize what an important position this was until later, when I spoke with Disability Resources.

“There are different types of disabilities, and there are different learning styles,” said Disability Resources Assistant Coordinator Robert Young. “Notetakers are essential to (many students).”

In 2012, about 200 Guilford students reported having a disability.

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Television needs to normalize disability

Annie Fulwood, Staff Writer

September 18, 2015

Take a moment to recall your favorite TV characters. Maybe, if you’re the age of my father, it’s Fred Flintstone. Or if you’re a suburban mother, it’s Olivia Pope, PR extraordinaire. If you’re 20 and majoring in pre-med, it might be Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd.

And now try to recall how many of those characters were disabled, physically or mentally.

Less than one percent of series regular characters were depicted with a disability on major television networks, including ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC, in September of 2011. Meanwhile, the 2010 census revealed that 19 percent of the American population, or 56.7 million people, had some form of a disability.

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