Susan, what a wonderful SHARE. I'm as astonished as you are.
I think I thought we were past all this by now, at least mostly. In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act is now almost 20 years old. Sesame Street had disabled people on the show, and I don't recall any outcry over that program when they did. So this came as a bit of a shock to me.
But then I got to thinking, and in trying to come up with just ONE broadcast personality in the U.S. that has a noticeable disability, I couldn't do it. Perhaps on-air camera personalities is an area where there is still a lot of integration to be done.
I hope the BBC stands by Cerrie. I read a post by a father whose little girl is also disabled -- how wonderful that she can watch a television show and see someone who is fun and accomplished regardless of her disability. Now that's good children's tv.