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Silver Screen Stereotypes: Disability in Film

Join us as we watch recent film portrayals of persons with disabilities and ask:

  • Are the portrayals accurate?
  • What’s the message being promoted?
  • What film needs to be made to promote an accurate or positive image?

The ways in which individuals and groups are portrayed in popular media can have a profound effect on how they are viewed by society at large. Persons with disabilities are beginning to be portrayed more in popular cinema. Yet, many of those representations remain inaccurate and may be offensive. This film series is intended to stimulate discussion about how persons with disabilities are portrayed in film and should not be considered an endorsement of the films’ accuracy or appropriateness.

Tuesday, February 14 | 12 pm – 3 pm
CLP – East Liberty
Me Before You
Based on the book by Jojo Moyes, this film stars Emilia Clark as a young woman living in rural England who becomes a care giver for a young man in wheelchair.

Tuesday, February 21 | 12 pm – 3 pm
CLP – East Liberty
Infinitely Polar Bear
In this romantic drama, a manic depressive man, played by Mark Ruffalo, wants to prove his love for his wife and take care of his two young daughters.

Tuesday, February 28 | 12 pm – 3 pm
CLP – East Liberty
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, this documentary follows six Tibetan teenagers on their journey to climb a 23,000 foot mountain.


All movies will have audio description and captioning.  ASL interpreters are available upon request—please notify us a week in advance by contacting CLP – LBPH at 412.687.2440 or

This event is though CLP – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in partnership with the Health Committee for People with Disabilities of the Consumer Health Coalition.

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