News Coverage and Disability

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Workshop on news coverage of disability issues.

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  • -Background of Burton Blatt and SU – ties into expose on institutions
  • Hand-out group exercise
  • http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/hardware-store-questioned-over-access-for-disabled/vc2yL/

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  • 1.  20% of population One in five families includes a member with a disability Growing segment with baby boomers Business imperative
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4.  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
  • 5.  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.
  • 6.  ABC7 Chicago | Disability Issues with Karen Meyer
  • 7.  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)
  • 8.  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