Bill Beechler, MD FAAP, Authors Essay Included in Book on Media Representations of Disability (IN LEND)

September 6, 2018

Bill Beechler, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at the Riley Child Development Center, recently pursued his passions for comic books and popular culture by writing an essay that was included in a new publication. Dr. Beechler's Essay is titled "Superheroes in a Silent World - Hawkeye and El Deafo" and was included in the book "The Image of Disability: Essays on Media Representation". Further information about the book: J.L. Schatz & A.E. George (Eds.), The Image of Disability, Essays on Media Representations, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. A mainstay of modern life, the global media gives out information about disabilities that is often inaccurate or negative and perpetuates oppressive stigmas and discrimination.

In response to representations that have been incomplete, misguided or unimaginative, this collection of new essays encourages scholars and allies to refashion media so as to disrupt the status quo and move toward more liberatory politics. Images in film, television and social media are assessed through the lenses of disabilities studies, media studies, cultural studies and intersectional studies involving critical race theory and gender.