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IntroductionStereotyping is another method of dehumanising a person Yet many peopleparticularly those with disabilities still face today because they arenot considered normal People with disabilities are often labelled asslow stupid or even ignorant The perception of disability is mainlyportrayed through the media Depending on the situation the media mayview a person with a disability through a positive or negative imageThis paper attempts to compare and contrast the observation of the mediato the novel If only you knew If only you knew was a short novel written by Jacy Arthur a womanwith a disability - cerebral palsy The novel is about the first 20years of her life outlining her personal experiences and achievementsJacy faced numerous issues in relation to her disability but alsoidentifies the significance of her positive and independent approach tolife which drove her to become a strong woman The novel was an easyread that was authentic interesting and humorous Also the style ofwriting made it very accessible to a range of ages and readingabilities Key finding 1 - the media language and labelling The word disability is considered a social construct This isbecauseThroughout the history of disability media has focused on portrayingimpairment through the medical model of disability - define lectureone It has played a crucial role in how those with disabilities areperceived in society In the novel Jacy outlines that some people aremore understanding than others particularly those that were uneducatedwould tease her For instance What is the possible impact of identifying with having a disabilityThe possible impact of identifying with having a disability affects notonly how we are viewed by others but also how we view ourselves and thiscan cause many challenges in our daily life Social perception causessocial segregation This stigma creates more challenges to socialcohesion and self-perception affecting us internally and externally andinfluences all aspects of our wellbeing according to Muloin S 1999pp28Goggin G Newell C 2005 pp18 highlight the importance of theterminology associated with
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