The Center for an Accessible Society: Disability Issues Information for Journalists
The Center for an Accessible Society is a communication clearinghouse providing journalists credible information and quotable sources on national disability policy and independent living issues. The Center for an Accessible Society's goal is to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues. The project was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research from October 1999 through May 2004.
The Center for an Accessible Society
1504 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
Voice: (619) 232-2727
Fax: (619) 232-2727
Guidelines for Reporting and Writing on People with Disabilities
As professional communicators, educators, and human service providers, you are in a unique position to shape the public image of people with disabilities. The words and images you use can create either a straightforward, positive view of people with disabilities or an insensitive portrayal that reinforces common myths and is a form of discrimination.
Here is a set of clear guidelines to help you make better choices in terms of language and portrayal. The Guidelines explain preferred terminology and offer suggestions for appropriate ways to describe people with disabilities. The Guidelines reflect input from over 100 national disability organizations and has been reviewed and endorsed by media and disability experts throughout the country.
The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies Dole Human Development Center Rm 1052
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045
Voice: (785) 864-4295
TTY: (785) 864-5051
Fax: (785) 864-5323
The goal of the NCDJ is to provide support and guidance for journalists as they cover people with disabilities.The NCDJ does not advocate a particular point of view; it is concerned with the journalistic principles of accuracy, fairness and diversity in news coverage. Reporters who cover disability issues as a beat and those who may occasionally report on people with disabilities or disability issues may find the center a useful resource for information and the exchange of ideas.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
555 N. Central Ave., Suite #302 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Voice: (602) 496-5555
Fax: (602) 496-7041
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Great Lakes ADA Center (MC 728)
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Chicago, IL 60608
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The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0091-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this page do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.