The number of TV and film characters with disabilities is increasing, but there still aren’t enough of them on our screens. The appearance of differently abled people in popular culture is important because it helps to normalize disability, and show that disabled people are no different from anyone else when it comes to the important things. Here are 7 of my favorite TV and film characters with disabilities.
1. Gregory House, House
One of the best known of all TV and film characters with disabilities is Gregory House, the drug-addicted narcissist who also just happens to be an incredibly talented doctor. Walking with a cane due to muscle death and chronic, severe pain in his right leg, House is interesting because he is not a character in whom disability is glorified in some way, or made all about ‘ability’: this portrayal of disability is more gritty and real.