International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Literature Review on Media Portrayal of People with Disabilities in Kenya
Gertrude Musuruve Inimah, Dr Elegwa Mukulu, Dr Petronillah Mathooko

This paper is extracted from a literature review of an ongoing doctorate research in the field of Mass Communication. The paper looks at media portrayal of people with disabilities from a global perspective. It then narrows down to the Kenyan perspective since the study is being done in Kenya. From the review in this paper, it is clear that people with disabilities have been grossly underrepresented in the media. This overview is across the board in both developed and developing worlds. From the documents reviewed, that is, secondary data, although many countries seem to be doing something to include people with disabilities in the contemporary world of work, some nations have not really managed to take up mainstreaming effectively. In some countries of the world, people with disabilities have successfully been made visible in the sense that they are able to work in media stations, hence increasing their voice and visibility. An example of a country where main streaming has been successful is Denmark, where TV glad, a station run by people with disabilities and for people with learning disabilities operates successfully. In other countries, people with disabilities and organizations that advocate for their mainstreaming lament that media coverage of their issues is scanty and not impacting positive attitudes concerning them to the wider society. It is important to note that this is just part of the literature review research. In one of the journal articles, we may give a complete research finding.

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