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Video: CBeebies Cerrie on disability prejudice

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Damon Rose Damon Rose | 08:47 UK time, Thursday, 19 March 2009

Children's TV presenter Cerrie Burnell presented a short film on disability prejudice in the media on BBC1 last night.

Cerrie, 29, who was born with one hand missing, reportedly upset children with her non-symmetrical look when she turned up on the popular pre-schoolers channel CBeebies recently

As a result of the headlines, and the revealing debate behind them, early evening magazine programme The One Show asked her to investigate the wider story.

"Fear often comes from ignorance, so I believe the only way for society to accept disability ... is surely for there to be better representation on screen." says Cerrie.

Visit The One Show blog and watch her film now: Cerrie Burnell investigates disability prejudice in the media.

The One Show is on BBC One, Monday-Friday at 7.00pm.

• Find out more about Cerrie Burnell on the CBeebies website ... and sing along with her Sunset Song.


  • Comment number 1.

    The comments made against the children’s TV presenter Cerrie Burnell are disgusting unprecedented. Whilst it is natural for many children to be scared of physical disabilities as adults we know that this is irrational. What has arisen as one of the many opportunities in parenting to take five minuets to sit a child down teach them something has not only been wasted, but has been taken in completely the wrong direction altogether. Why is it that an increasing minority of parents feel that the education of their children is solely the responsibility of third parties such as TV and schools.

    The BBC should respond to all complaints of ‘your presenter is scaring my children’ with the line ‘your parenting is scaring the nation’.

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