"Media Still Leaves Voices Out" by Dave Reynolds
May 29, 2003
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--Inclusion Daily Express readers see it nearly every day -- news articles about people with Down syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or other disabilities that do not include their points of view.
While educators, policy-makers, administrators and parents are often quoted in news stories about people with disabilities, those whose lives are impacted the most -- the subjects of the articles themselves -- are seldom heard.
"Part of the problem is that reporters don't want to take the time," Mike Rogers, co-chair of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, told me. "They've got their deadlines. They want quick answers.
"But it's important that we are heard," continued Rogers, who has recently been appointed to the President's Council on Mental Retardation.
"As a person with a disability, I see things others don't," Rogers explained. "It's my personal perspective that's just as important as the next person's."
I wrote about this subject in an article for the May/June 2003 printed edition of Ragged Edge Magazine. It is now available on their Web site.
"Media Still Leaves Voices Out" by Dave Reynolds (Ragged Edge Magazine)