In October 2013 DisabilitySccop reported:
Twice as many characters with disabilities will appear on broadcast television this year as compared to last, a new [US] report finds, though they still account for just 1 percent of those depicted.
Max Burkholder stars as Max Braverman on NBC’s “Parenthood.” The character, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is one of eight with disabilities expected to appear regularly on broadcast television this season. (Joe Pugliese/NBC)
Out of 796 characters appearing regularly on 109 scripted, prime-time shows this year on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW, eight have disabilities, up from four last year.
The findings come from an annual analysis of diversity in television programing conducted by GLAAD, a media advocacy organization for the gay and lesbian community. The report looks at the number of characters representing various minority groups — including those with disabilities — on shows scheduled for the 2013-2014 television season, which just began.