Thoughts on Being Inclusive—In Books and Beyond

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

Recently a television ad for a cleaning product depicted a dad with only one hand doing household tasks and interacting with his kids. Nothing in the ad addressed his missing left hand; it was simply about the cleaning product being used by a busy family. If you saw the ad, you might have even missed the fact that this dad was “different.” Inclusivity in ads and other media is slowly becoming more common. We are beginning to see ads move beyond reflecting racial and household diversities in our communities and including people with differing abilities.

c-lisafx-dreamstime-comFor a long time, books about people with disabilities depicted them as objects of pity, living with a blight that set them apart from society. Fortunately, with legislation that better integrated differently abled students into the public school system over three decades ago, textbook publishers have since sought to depict disabled people as part of…

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