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Inspiration porn is the calling of people with disabilities inspirational solely or in part on the basis of their disability.[1][2] The term was coined in 2012 by disability rights activist Stella Young in an editorial in Australian Broadcasting Corporation's webzine Ramp Up.[3]

The 2016 TV show Speechless explored the concept in an episode where characters chose their hero for a public speaking contest.[4]

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  1. ^ Young, Stella. "Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much | TED Talk". Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  2. ^ Heideman, Elizabeth (2 February 2015). ""Inspiration porn is not okay": Disability activists are not impressed with feel-good Super Bowl ads". Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Young, Stella (2012-07-03). "We're not here for your inspiration - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  4. ^ "'Speechless' Just Schooled Everyone On Disability 'Inspiration Porn'". The Huffington Post. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 

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