What is disability and what different types of
disability are there?
Definition of disability
Disability is a lack of ability relative to a personal or group
standard or norm. In reality there is often simply a spectrum of
E.g. Physically and mentally disabled, Hearing impaired,
Visually impaired, Short term and long term disability,
In pairs: How would you represent them
using the micro elements?
Coming Down The Mountain
BBC TV DRAMA
Choose at least two micro elements
Write detailed notes on both
Be prepared to write at least 2 PEEs for each
David and Ben are two teenage brothers
Write a PEE for your chosen micro elements:
Point: Your area of representation
E.g. A typical representation of disability is shown through the
diegetic dialogue of Ben’s character.
Evidence: Your micro element
E.g. In response to David’s comment about feeling down, Ben says ‘I
get that sometimes but then I eat a bag of crisps and watch Star Wars
and then it goes away.’
Explain: Linking the two
E.g. This simplistic language used by Ben implies that he doesn’t
share the complex emotional turmoil of his brother, and therefore
conforms to the stereotypical view of a mentally disabled person being
less intelligent than an able-minded person.
Is there point accurate?
Have they followed the PEE structure?
Have they used lots of media terms?
Have they linked their answer to the area of representation?
Have they written clearly?
Give one mark for each – Will you score 5/5???
Myths of Disability
A person with a
disability is sick, or
wrong with them.
disabilities have a
poor quality of
and courageous for
People with disability always need
expensive and high-tech assistive
devices or services.
People with severe
disabilities need to live
in nursing home or
or under constant
supervision so that
they do not hurt