Whenever I write an article that affects a group of people with certain conditions or disabilities, I always reach out to the many people living with the condition and bring their voices to the story. This ensures that there is room for differences of opinion or experience – disabilities that need to be covered differently include people of multiple races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions , age and economic background. This sounds like a basic tenet of journalism – including the voices of groups affected by whatever issue you’re writing about – but I often see stories about issues affecting people with disabilities without citing a person with a disability. People with disabilities are sometimes seen as a source of support for researchers or doctors without disabilities. While these voices can enhance the story, they should not replace the voices of people with disabilities in a story relevant to their community.
I am sometimes asked, “What is the best way to interview a person with a disability?” I do not approach a person with a disability differently than I approach a person without a disability. The only thing that can change is my communication style, depending on the disability my source has. For example, I make sure a source with an intellectual disability or developmental delay knows which interview he or she agrees to, and I make sure my questions are easy to understand. If I was interviewing a non-verbal source, I would email my questions instead of conducting an in-person or phone interview.
Reporters also tend to ask for interviews “as soon as possible,” if they are short on deadlines, but for some interviewing sources, a chronic illness flare-up can prevent you from interviewing for the same day. Request Date. I try to give my sources as much time as possible, and I make it clear that I understand their well-being comes first.
When I’m actually writing, language is very important: When I interview people with disabilities, one of the first things I do, if their disability is relevant to the story, is ask them to be described. describe how. Some people, like me, prefer a first language of identification, such as “person with a disability”, while others prefer the first language of others, such as “person with a disability”. (Preferences can depend on a range of complicating factors, including the disability they have and their relationship to their disability.) I am not using terms that make people feel. sounds like someone is a “victim” of a disability. I’m not saying someone “has” a disability; I am simply saying that they “have” a disability. I also don’t use terms like “wheelchair,” “birth defect,” or “home instruction.”
While disability itself is not a bad thing, some people do not want to be defined by their disability, while others may see it as an integral part of who they are.
One of the hardest parts about reporting on people with disabilities is that there are so many different types of disability and their experiences vary widely. I’m not an expert on every disability, but the key to being a disability reporter is to admit it – and listen to those who do.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/us/how-to-report-with-care-on-disability.html How do I report a disability to care?