Fewer Characters with Disabilities on TV this Fall


Artie Abrams of Fox’s “Glee” is one of the few characters with disabilities on TV. Pic courtesy of Ams Vans.

Yesterday GLAAD issued its annual study of “Where We Are on TV.” It turns out where we are is still a long way from where we need to be. Of the 647 regular characters on broadcast television, only five of them have a disability. To put that in perspective, somewhere between 12 and 20% of Americans have a disability. Cable TV proved to be somewhat more representative, with 10 regular and four recurring characters with disabilities. These numbers are down from last year.

The handful of characters carrying the torch for the disability community include the angel-voiced, wheelchair using Artie Abrams from “Glee,” the cantankerous genius Dr. Gregory House from “House,” and Dr. Albert Robbins, who solves crimes on prosthetic legs on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

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