Talent development is key in killing stigmatization among persons with disabilities. Many
programs supporting talent development are not inclusive. Take for instance; some comedy
shows have no sign language making it difficult for the deaf to understand.
Other talent development activities that might not be inclusive are a singing competition; an
autistic person who has a singing talent will find it hard to participate in such a competition
because of the vocals.
Despite challenges persons with disabilities face on talent development; few organizations have
come through to support the unrecognized talents. Just to mention, in Kenya, A Signs language
broadcasting television signs TV, has a deaf comedy show by the name SIGN OUT LOUD. The
show features deaf comedians with subtitles and sound which makes it inclusive.
In the USA, A documentary about the emergence of the disability rights movement produced by
former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is up for an Academy Award.
“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” was nominated on Monday 22 nd March for best
documentary feature. The film follows a group of teenagers with disabilities who came together
in the early 1970s at a summer camp near Woodstock, N.Y. who ultimately helped bring about
civil rights protections for themselves and others like them.
The documentary premiered on Netflix last month, includes footage taken at the camp. The
documentary is produced by the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, and both
Barack and Michelle Obama are credited as executive producers.
The documentary nomination to Oscar’s award gives producers worldwide the urge to do more
movies and documentaries on disability and encourage persons with disabilities to participate
in acting and other talent development activities.