20% of population One in five families includes a member with a disability Growing segment with baby boomers Business imperative
Use person-first languageTerminology to avoid: Disabled, handicapped, crippled person with disability/people with disabilities/disability community Wheelchair bound/Confined to wheelchair wheelchair user Suffers from/Afflicted with
Disability is a way of being, not something aperson ‘has’Story frames to avoid: Pity, weakness, undesirability, deficiency, suffering Charity for people with disabilities Burden or drain on society
Include people with disabilities as sources in non-disability related stories How do newsworthy items impact the disability community? When describing an individual, do not reference his or her disability unless it is clearly pertinent to a story
Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) Civil rights legislation created to address discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications as well as state and local government services.
ABC7 Chicago | Disability Issues with Karen Meyer
ADA Anniversary (July) Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) Disability Mentoring Day (3rd Wednesday of October) Employment Standards for accessible buildings Voting turnout and accessibility Protection and Advocacy System monitors complaints CHAT program for children who can’t communicate verbally (launches this summer)
National Center on Disability and Journalism http://ncdj.org Accessible SU http://www.syr.edu/accessiblesu Society of Professional Journalistshttp://www.spj.org/dtb5.asp