Cartoon challenges “ableist” attitudes towards disabled young people

Cartoon challenges “ableist” attitudes towards disabled young people

July 10, 2019

A new cartoon shows the sorts of discrimination and attitudes that young disabled New Zealanders can face in their daily lives. 

From 2016 to 2018, researchers from Massey University’s SHORE & Whariki Research Centre worked with 35 young people with a range of disabilities and their whānau, and learnt first-hand about their everyday lives.

They found that the biggest barriers to living a good life were discrimination and ableist attitudes.

Project lead Prof Karen Witten says the ‘ Enabling participation of disabled children and young people’ study collaborated with Morris to share the research findings as a cartoon. 

“Experiences of young people and our analysis of interviews with young people and their whānau are at the heart of the messages conveyed in the comic.” 

Prof Witten says an advisory group critiqued and tweaked the messaging in words and images.

Here’s a link to the text version of the comic.