Let People With Disabilities and Chronic Illness Represent Themselves!
A simple search for the keyword 'disability' brings up a list of Netflix movies that were clearly not created with a positive image of disability. In addition, few of those films are by disabled creators.
With the power that Netflix has to choose to back independent creators and uplift their voices, why has Netflix primarily offered movies with negative and melodramatic stories that do not reflect the true lives of disabled individuals? Yes, some of us (people with disabilities) do have difficult lives, but we still have pride. There are many films out there created by disabled self-advocates or with approval from self-advocates. Unfortunately, those films are not on Netflix.
We ask Netflix to host films that better represent the true pride of people with disabilities, and - more importantly - to hear disabled people speak about their own conditions. Nothing about us, without us is the motto of the disability rights movement, and we stand by it.
Netflix has the opportunity to make a stand on the side of justice. We hope Netflix decides to do the right thing.
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