Through the Disability Studies minor courses, an interest in disability representation in the media is analyzed in multiple situations. Representations in the media are important forms of representation of our society, because it directly reflects the viewpoints and the assumptions that are being made. Service animals are known to provide support for people with a variety of disabilities. These disabilities include physical, mental, psychological, and other disabilities through support, physical guidance, and companionship. These animals are providing service for the individuals in a manner that an individual person would not be able to perform the tasks in the same time constrains. The representation in news sources of service animals plays a grand role in the manner in which the service animals are presented, stereotyped, and perceived. In the research project, news sources along with other forms of media are analyzed to determine the overall perceptions that are prevalent in our current society.
Blaser, Arthur; Haller, Beth; Jones, Chelsea; and Urzua, Sarai, "Media Representation of Service Animals" (2015). Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters. 166.