Valorising Disability on Screen: When Did ‘Inspirational’ Become a Dirty Word?
This chapter examines autobiographical documentary in general and intellectual disability in particular. Wain reflects upon the creation of 18q- A Different Kind of Normal, a documentary feature, risks of self-representation and representation of those with intellectual disability. In countering entrenched disability narratives of despair and parent as hero characterisations used in disability-driven documentary and drama, she discusses the challenges in delivering a film to inspire, yet remaining true to realistic portrayals of parenting a person with intellectual disability. Drawing upon Dilthey’s historicity, disability studies and Rabiger’s narrative analysis, the film inspires parents of children living with intellectual disability in general and chromosomal differences on the 18th chromosome in particular by adhering to narrative conventions, yet departing from them in the context of disability.
Documentary and Disability
Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified