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Disability prejudice: Is the situation improving?

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Cerrie Burnell's appointment as a BBC children's channel presenter has caused debate. Cerrie was born with only one hand and some parents have expressed concern that her disability was 'scaring' their children.

For The One Show, Cerrie has been looking into the prejudices and issues surrounding disability in the UK media. Watch her film, above.

Why do some adults find disability so difficult to deal with? Cerrie says that it's about visibility, "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."

 

See also: Ouch! - disability magazine.

 

Have you experienced prejudice because you're disabled? Is the UK tackling disability prejudice quickly enough? What needs to be done? Share your views and experiences below.

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