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SXSW 2019

Making Space for Disability in the Media

Despite an increase of awareness about people with disabilities in Hollywood, there is a large disparity between the percentage of people living with disability in the United States and the number of speaking characters with disabilities in film. This disparity spills over to the media in general. Do Hollywood and the media have a responsibility to represent disability equitably and honestly? How can we begin to move the needle toward more inclusive, honest representation of disability in the media? Actress Angel Giuffria, will explore these questions within the context of her own experience of being passed over for able-bodied roles due to her upper-limb loss, as well as the irony of not being considered for parts where limb loss is central to the character.

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  1. What role does the media play in how disability is perceived the U.S. and around the world?
  2. Should Hollywood be held accountable for portraying disability honestly and equitably?
  3. Do brands have a responsibility to portray disability honestly in their advertising?



Angel Giuffria, Bionic Actress, Self-Employed

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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