Teal Sherer Alsaleh“Momma, you’ve gotta see this,” my 5-year-old son River says from the living room where he is playing Lego City Undercover on the Xbox. “I unlocked a wheelchair. It’s so cool.” As I roll into the room, I see his character, Chase McCain, quickly push down a street. “You’ve gotta try it,” he says. I grab a controller and join the game. Once I choose my wheelchair accent color (teal of course), we race each other up a hill. At the top, we go over a cliff, soar through the air, and land on the street below. “Wow. Let’s do that again,” says River.

Because disability is rarely seen in entertainment and is often portrayed in stereotypes, I’m always surprised how meaningful it is when I feel represented. “The feeling of seeing even a glimpse of who you are in a positive light is profound,” says Cherry Thompson in “You Can Take an Arrow to the Knee and Still be an Adventurer,” a talk Th