Download Full Text (1.7 MB)
Liz DePoy and Stephen Gilson
Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
In the visual and material culture of the 21st century, image is power. This inquiry used thematic analysis to examine the meanings of disability imagery on a continuum from tragedy to an inevitable and celebrated part of human diversity and provocateur of social change. Five themes emerged: disability as tragic (exclusion, isolation, fear); disability as inspiration porn (disabled people are brave or special just for living); close but not quite (some positive imagery segregation and impairment are foregrounded); and celebration of disability as human diversity (the goal for change).
University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
2017 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity
social change, disability
Family, Life Course, and Society | Social Work | Sociology of Culture
Rights and Access Note
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.
Perez, F., Stronach, R. & Students in DIS 450 – Disability: Population-Environment Diversity. (2017, April). Disability imagery: A bastion of social change. (PDF). Poster presented at the 2017 University of Maine Student Symposium: Research & Creative Activity. Bangor, ME.