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6 Tips For Covering People With Disabilities

from The Poynter Institute

Like many reporters who end up covering disability issues, it's not my beat. But I've made my share of mistakes­­ and seen enough of the mistakes other journalists make to be able to come up with this list of some basic mistakes to avoid, and links to other sources if you want to dig in deeper, writers reporter Shannon Heffernan. Talk to people with disabilities. This seems simple and almost absurd to mention. But I’ve seen plenty of stories include quotes from social service providers, academics and politicians and leave out people with disabilities. A mantra in the disability community is "nothing about us, without us." more

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