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Media reporting on disability: Guidance for professionals

Media either ignores, or stereotypes, people with disabilities and deaf people. This guide for media reporting on disability can help.
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Media and public communication have a powerful impact on attitudes about deafness or disability. But, most media ignores deaf people and people with disabilities. Otherwise, they use stereotypes and poor information. This guide for media reporting on disability can help them improve. However, professionals will want to also consult with local disability-led organizations. Different countries and disability communities have different opinions about media reporting on disability. “Disability-led” means, organizations led by people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, deaf rights advocates will want to provide more information. For example, the guide correctly says that media should avoid saying “deaf and dumb”. However, it says it is okay to use “hearing impaired”. In reality, many deaf-led organizations disagree. 

The International Labour Organization published this guide in 2015. This PDF file is partly accessible for people who use screen reading software, but with some difficulty with navigation.

People may also be interested in this guide on disability-inclusive communication.

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