Laugh with TV Ads that “Get” Disabilities

Laugh with TV Ads that “Get” Disabilities

MS_Wire_Ed_TobiasYou don’t see people with disabilities very often in television ads.  And when you do, the person with the handicap is usually playing a secondary role or the ad uses the disabled person for an emotional appeal.  It’s not real-life.  It’s not us.

So, a tip of my hat to the candy company Mars Chocolate UK for producing some ads for its Maltesers candy that “get” us gimps.  (And thanks to blogger Maayan Ziv for highlighting them in her blog on www.accessnow.me). The ads had me laughing out loud while making the point that a severe medical problem doesn’t necessarily disable a person’s sense of humor.

Here are links to a couple of them below.  WARNING: The first of the videos is a little, shall we say “suggestive.” Also, if you’re not a speaker of the Queen’s English you may need to watch and listen twice to capture all of the humor.

Enjoy:

Mars Chocolate UK teamed with the non-profit group “Scope: About Disability” to produce the ads. A Scope slogan is “End the Awkward,” and one of the ways they’re working to do that is through videos and humor.

Here’s the story of how the Maltesers ads came about:

Michele Oliver, the VP of Marketing for Mars Chocolate UK said in a press release “As one of the UK’s biggest advertisers, we have a responsibility and a role to play in reflecting diversity in everyday media. This is a first step for us, and with a fifth of the UK population living with a disability, and the nation focused on this great sporting event (the Paralympics), this is the right time to join the conversation.”

Wouldn’t it be nice to see ads including people with disabilities and produced by people who “get” it running outside of the UK?  Wouldn’t it be nice for more companies to do what Mars Chocolate UK has done to help “End the Awkward?”

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Ed Tobias is a retired broadcast journalist. Most of his 40+ year career was spent as a manager with the Associated Press in Washington, DC. Tobias was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1980 but he continued to work, full-time, meeting interesting people and traveling to interesting places, until retiring at the end of 2012.

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