Adam Pearson’s Powerful TED Talk: Removing the Stigma of Disability


Adam Pearson, award-winning British actor, spoke at a TED conference in Brighton, UK on March 23, 2017. The presenter addressed the issue of removing disability stigma.

Pearson, born with neurofibromatosis, has been involved in special programs to prevent bullying associated with deformities. Due to his face disfigurement, he has been a victim of persecution of bulling In the TEDx Talk, the actor shares the importance of recognizing how prejudice against disabled individuals has been mostly provoked by the media.

“Disabilities and documentaries historically have not been done well,” said Pearson. “If you look at channel five, these programs start with voiceovers like, ‘Jimmy was born with a shark for an arm’ and Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ starts playing in the background. That’s not how we want to be portrayed on television.”

Research shows that educational conferences such as TED may protest hostile representations of illness as a way to challenge the stigmas they represent. Pearson strives to change the way promotional videos and ads about disabilities are to be done.

To learn more about how you can help those with disabilities in the Central Florida community and contribute to removing the stigma, please visit Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO).

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