Deadline Extended: Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability

We’re seeking the best reporting on disability issues across media platforms. Entries for the annual Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability will be accepted through 11:59 p.m.  Aug. 7.

The Schneider Award is the first national journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage. It is administered by the National Center on Disability and Journalism, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, under a grant from Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who also supports the Schneider Family Book Award. That award is administered by the American Library Association and honors the best children’s book each year that captures the disability experience for children and adolescents. Learn more.

Covering the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 26.

The act is widely viewed as the most significant piece of legislation advancing the rights of the hundreds of thousands of Americans with disabilities. The landmark civil rights law seeks to end discrimination on the basis of disability and requires equal access to opportunities for the disabled. In many ways, it has changed life in America.

News organizations are covering the anniversary in a variety of ways. Here are some of the stories that have been produced so far:

 

  • Harvard historian Akira Iriye named the signing of the ADA as one of the turning points of the 20th century in Time’s list of 25 moments that changed America.

 

 

 

  • End the Awkward campaign seeks to educate people about how to interact with those who have disabilities, the DCist reports.

 

 

 

 

  • PR Newswire aggregates U.S. Census data concerning people living with disabilities in the United States.

 

For more news and events, search Twitter using #ADA25.

Also, the ADA National Network has a tip sheet of resources (http://www.adaanniversary.org/), including a list of events across the country (https://adata.org/ada-anniversary/events).

Short Film “The Mighty” Delivers Message on Disability

Three Dreams from Wire Walker Studios on Vimeo.

A 3-minute film about a hang glider, magician and painter, carries a powerful message about disability. The film was produced in conjunction with The Mighty, an online publication focusing on dispelling the stigma around disability, and Wire Walker Studios, a Los Angeles-based production company making media for social change.