Beth Haller, Ph.D. is the author of 2010’s Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media and the editor of 2015’s Byline of Hope: Collected Newspaper and Magazine Writing of Helen Keller. In addition to her research on U.S. media images of disability, Haller has collaborated with international Disability Studies scholars and disability groups in Australia, Canada, Russia and Serbia, as well as acting as a consultant for a media training conference for the African Youth with Disabilities Network. She is Professor of Journalism and New Media in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University in Maryland, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1996. She is adjunct faculty for the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Disability Studies master’s and undergraduate programs and for York University’s Critical Disability Studies graduate program in Toronto, Canada.
ArticlesThe American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Family Network show Switched at Birth tells two stories—one which follows the unique plot of the show, and one about the new openness of television executives toward integrating more people with a variety of visible and invisible physical embodiments, such as hearing loss, into television content. It first aired in 2011 and in 2017 aired its...Read more