Words: How to refer to people with a disability

People with a disability are often described in the media using stereotypes. Stereotypes stigmatise groups who are depicted in this shallow manner and affect people’s lives. That’s why it’s important that we change the ways we talk about people with a disability to respect the person, and not make disability a focus of our attention. For community radio producers, we have the Code Of Practice to remind us to be careful about avoiding discrimination in our reporting: Continue reading “Words: How to refer to people with a disability”

What is a Personal Action Plan?

So you want to change the way your organisation includes people with a disability, indigenous people, women or another disadvantaged group who need a voice?

A good place to start, according to Clements, Spinks and Phillips in the Equal Opportunities Handbook (2009) is by changing what YOU personally do. Continue reading “What is a Personal Action Plan?”

Guest post: Ableism, inclusion and my community radio experience

Ableism is something that affects people with disabilities on a recurring basis. The experience of disability is often complicated by ableist interpretations of the embodied¬†experience of those experiencing disability, at times this prompts those who live with disability to view their own person by a pathologised lens. Continue reading “Guest post: Ableism, inclusion and my community radio experience”