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I believe I owe some clarification.  The "25 films" I referred to earlier
was the number turned up by the IMDB.  I got the impression that the
person who offered that info implied that 25 films showed a lack of
scarcity.  If I misunderstood, I apologize.  If I am correct, I certainly
don't agree that 25 is a large number.  And, yes, how many of those films
have the disabled characters in functional roles, i.e. to overcome their
tragedies, arouse pity or sympathy?  Why do "political guides to film"
fail to mention disabled people?  The Lou Grant example mentioned
previously is an example of what I would like to see more of in popular
media, a disabled person interacting in society with little fanfare.  I'm
sorry if I am rapidly making this old ground, but I wanted to make sure
to clarify my point.
 
Oh, and, while I appreciate the compiment, I am not a professor, merely
an undergrad at the University of Kentucky.  You can call me Alex.
 
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