Including characters with disabilities is one way to increase the diversity of your cast. Here are some tips for writing about disabilities:
Do your research
Do lots of research on the disability you’re writing about to look for common traits among people with that disability and to make sure that you’re not basing your character off of stereotypes that are potentially false.
If you can, find a sensitivity reader
If you can find one, sensitivity readers are a great resource as they can tell you whether or not you’re accurately portraying someone with their disability.
Don’t make the disability the only interesting thing about your character
When you’re writing a character with a disability, don’t forget to give them a personality. If their only personality trait is their disability, the character becomes one-dimensional.
@Writers - do you have any other tips for writing about disabilities?