Workshop for Covering Disability Issues

Journalists in Illinois are encouraged to attend a free workshop from The Poynter Institute  called, “Disability Reports: Fresh Angles — Covering Disability within Education, Employment, Healthcare and Housing.” The two-day event will cover a wide range of topics affecting people with disabilities on November 2 and 3. Learn more

National National Disability Employment Awareness Month Events Across the U.S.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates American workers with disabilities. The National Center on Disability and Journalism put together this list of events around the country for the month.

DIVERSITYINC EVENT: Best Practices on Diversity Recruitment – Oct. 1, 2015
11 a.m. Eastern to 12 p.m.
Newark, NJ
National Organization on Disability president Carol Glazer will join a panel on best practices for recruiting people with disabilities and veterans.
More information

DIVERSITYINC Webinar: Cultural Competence for National Disability Employment Awareness Month – Oct. 6, 2015
2 p.m. Eastern
Experts will discuss the top 50 best practices in disability employment and more.
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Disability Employment Panel – Oct. 8, 2015 
9 a.m. Eastern to 10:30 a.m.
Walgreens University in Deerfield, Illinois
This panel’s main message is: “no greatness without goodness: how hiring people with disabilities contribute to your bottom line.” Employers will share their experiences with hiring Americans with disabilities.
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NCDJ Webinar Explores Writing about Disability

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Tim McGuire, former Minneapolis Star Tribune editor who holds the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is featured in a webinar hosted by the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

McGuire discusses his experiences writing and publishing his first book, “Some People Even Take Them Home: A Disabled Dad, a Down Syndrome Son, and Our Journey to Acceptance.” McGuire, a board member of the NCDJ, tells the story of his family, his own disability and that of his son Jason.

McGuire also answers questions about tips and best practices when reporting on people with disabilities, advising against taking an “oh-those-poor-people” approach that he says he has observed in a lot of disability reporting.

Instead, he suggests that reporters “exalt and respect” people with disabilities while also normalizing their triumphs and failures as they would anyone else.

Watch a recording and access the live captions here:


Reporting on Disability Issues: A Webinar with Former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire

Disability Reporting Webinar with Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and author of “Some People Even Take Them Home”

Hosted by the National Center on Disability and Journalism

The National Center on Disability and Journalism will host a webinar featuring the author of a new book “Some People Even Take Them Home,” which tells the story of living with disabilities through the experience of a father and his son. The author, Tim McGuire, is the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and a board member of the NCDJ, which is housed at the Cronkite School. His book, “Some People Even Take Them Home: A Disabled Dad, a Down Syndrome Son, and Our Journey to Acceptance,” recounts his personal experience with physical disabilities and raising his son, Jason, who has Down syndrome.

McGuire is the former editor and senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and wrote a nationally syndicated column, “More Than Work,” focusing on ethics, spirituality and values in the workplace, before joining the Cronkite School in 2006 to teach ethics and diversity and the business of journalism.

In addition to talking about his book, McGuire will discuss current media coverage and the perceptions people have of those who live with a disability.

Learn to Bring Disability Studies Into Your Courses

International scholar Dr. Mara Sapon-Shevin will lead a workshop at Arizona State University April 24-25 on revising syllabi and incorporating disability studies into more courses.

Topics will include conceptual framing of disabilities and reviewing the social and cultural constructions of disability.

For more information on the workshop and how to register, click the image below:

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