I chose the film Mandy because it gave a strong impact of how a Deaf girl grew up into the unknown and how she had to cope with society's arrogance towards Deaf people.
The big three - the blind, the Deaf and the wheelchair-user
By far the greatest number of particular types of impairment covered on film are visual and hearing impairments and the use of a wheelchair. The key reason for this , apart
fro m the ease with which an actor can play such a part or a writer think s (s)he can write such a part, is the very nature of the medium as a visual and aural experience .
The visual element of the cinematic experience, along with that of sound, are dimensions to be explore d by any good film maker and , as such, many like to exploit the lack of one or both of those senses on the screen. For many directors and writers the presence of a character with a hearing or visual impairment allows a certain play with the medium - to an audience presumed to be hearing and sighted -in a way that would not otherwise be possible or would, significantly, require considerably more talent and skill as a filmmaker and /or writer.
The wheelchair, on the other hand, can act very effectively as a form of visual shorthand. Having a character in a wheelchair, if the use is stereotypical, draws a character with sufficiently broad brushstrokes as to as require very little further character development. However, a wheelchair using character may be used more effectively and imaginatively (but you may think this a cliche) to throw the audience a narrative or visual curve ball.
The tendency though has been for the wheelchair-user to signify little other than a crass stereo type or to support a rather weak script by a closing revelation that (s)he is actually a fake paraplegic (sadly, a rather common device in a considerable number of British films of the Fifties and Sixties). Only 15% of disabled people use wheelchairs and the largest group of disabled people is in fact the elderly.
Lionel Barrymore - wheelchair-user and film star Lionel Barrymore died in 1954 , aged 76, having spent the las t half of his career in a wheelchair or using crutches owing to arthritis and hip problems. His theatrical family is still flourishing today; his great-niece is Drew Barrymore. He is perhaps most famous for being in all the Dr Kildare films of the Thirties and Forties, in his wheelchair for the later films of the series. It is worth noting that MGM wanted him to play the wheelchair -using President Franklin D Roosevelt in The Beginning or the End ( 1947) but he was withdrawn from the picture for having been a political opponent of Roosevelt. His most famous film appearances in a wheelchair include The Devil-Doll, It's A Wonderful Life and Key Largo.