Dr Katie Ellis is a lecturer in Media and Communications at Murdoch University. Her research focuses on disability and the media extending across both representation and active possibilities for social inclusion. Her books include Disability and New Media (2011; with Mike Kent) and Disabling Diversity (2008) as well as the forthcoming Disability, Ageing and Obesity: Popular Media Identifications (2013; with Debbie Rodan & Pia Lebeck), and Disability and the Media (2013; with Gerard Goggin).
Complicating a Rudimentary List of Characteristics: Communicating Disability with Down Syndrome DollsArticlesApparently some people upon coming across [Down Syndrome dolls] were offended. […] Still, it’s curious, and telling, what gives offense. Was it the shock of seeing a doll not modeled on the normative form that caused such offense? Or the assumption that any representation of Down Syndrome must naturally intend ridicule? Either way, it would seem that we might benefit from an...Read more