Suzanne Robitaille, former assistive technology columnist for BusinessWeek.com, is the founder and editor-in-chief of this consumer website that covers disability news and assistive technology. Guest bloggers focus on assistive and emerging technologies for people with disabilities.
Jill Barker is the mother of two adult sons with profoundly intellectual and physical disabilities. The DD News Blog offers news, information, and commentary for families and friends of people with developmental disabilities. Barker serves on the Board of Directors of VOR, a national, nonprofit advocacy organization; Just Us Club, an after-school, respite, and activities for DD in Ann Arbor, MI; and as President of Friends of DD in Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Written by former print & television journalist and current University of Wollongong journalism lecturer Shawn Burns, Disability & Media Matters discusses and highlights the representation of people with disability in the Australian news media, and showcases the reaction and perception of people with disability to that representation.
Media veterans Michelle Diament and Shaun Heasley founded Disability Scoop in 2008. The national site features daily coverage of developmental disability news, including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
Katherine Schneider is a retired clinical psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who supports two annual national contests that promote quality writing about the disabled: the Schneider Family Book Award, administered by the American Library Association that honors a children’s book that captures the disability experience for children and adolescents, and the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, administered by the National Center on Disability and Journalism. She writes about aging, disability and assisted services, including seeing eye dogs.
NCDJ board member Tim McGuire is the Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He blogs about the profound changes taking place in news media and journalism education and occasionally writes about disability from a personal perspective.
NCDJ board member Beth Haller is a journalism professor at Towson University in Maryland who has done extensive research into disability and mass media. Her site aggregates news and information about people with disabilities and disability issues.
Amy Silverman is the managing editor at Phoenix New Times, an alternative newspaper that is part of Village Voice Media. She blogs about her daughter Sophie, who has Down syndrome. Her personal commentaries are frequently featured on Phoenix’s KJZZ Radio, 91.5 FM, and other National Public Radio stations.