Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain review – have attitudes changed?

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain review – have attitudes changed?
Cerrie Burnell explored Britain’s treatment of disabled people over history, from the Victorian workhouses for the ‘feeble-minded’ to the activists and trailblazers of the modern day

Children’s TV presenters are often at the forefront of social change. Perhaps this is because – as one of the people interviewed in Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (BBC Two) remarked – “children are much better at inclusion” than their angry-letter-writing, Ofcom-complaint-making parents.

Ben Cajee, of the current CBeebies cohort, won praise for his age-appropriate discussion of racism in October, but in 2009 it was his predecessor Cerrie Burnell who inadvertently became an activist. Burnell was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow. She hadn’t set out to champion the rights of disabled people – all she wanted was to introduce another episode of Balamory – but when parents complained that her appearance was “scaring children”, she did just that.
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