When faced with negative attitudes and experiences in communication and interaction in general education classrooms, students with disabilities can exhibit high levels of stress and frustration or even depression, low self-esteem and impaired self-acceptance. These undesirable and destructive feelings, in turn, may affect these students’ social and cognitive development skills and well-being, as well as their academic performance in such environments. The recent scholarship on empathy supports the effectiveness of comics for identifying and fighting negative and stereotypical attitudes towards those with disabilities. This article discusses strategies for educating students about disability and disability issues with the help of comics literature.
McGrail, E., & Rieger, A. (2013). Increasing Disability Awareness through Comics Literature, Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 3 (1). http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/ejie/vol3/iss1/5/.