The National Center on Disability Journalism exists to help journalists better cover disability issues. Here are some tools to help.
Disability copy editing exercises for students
Print copy exercise | Broadcast copy exercise
Use these exercises to test students on disability-related writing in print and broadcast pieces.
NCDJ terminology quiz
Use this to test students or journalists on the use of basic disability-related terminology.
When creating websites, it’s important to consider accessibility for people with decreased vision, hearing and motor skills. These are simple tips on how to develop an accessible website.
Essay: Media Representation of Disability
“Diversity and Journalism Pedagogy: Exploring News Media Representation of Disability”
In an essay published in the publication Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Shawn Burns examines disability’s place in journalism and the media–as well as how disability plays a role in journalism education.
Article: Writing Well about Disability
“Writing tips for science students and journalists covering disability-related topics”
In an article on the science communication blog The Open Notebook, science journalist Rachel Zamzow provides dozens of resources and expert advice on how to cover disability-related science stories from a thoughtful and rigorously-sourced perspective.
Video: The Americans with Disabilities Act
Jake Geller, NCDJ coordinator, talks about the changes wrought by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the challenges he and others with disabilities still face.
Article: Making Disability Less Abstract
Alan Goldstein Makes Disability Less Abstract – The Chronicle of Higher Education
In a Special Report for The Chronicle of Higher Education, writer Ben Gose profiles Alan Goldstein, a professor who teaches a Disability Studies course to engineering students at New York University. If you have an online subscription to The Chronicle you can access the article here.