Reporting it Right: guidelines for portraying people with a disability
The Victorian Government Department of Human Services has developed new media guidelines, Reporting It Right, to assist journalists and communications professionals in reporting appropriately and sensitively on people with a disability.
One in five Victorians and over four million Australians has a disability. The language and images used in mainstream media to depict disability influence community attitudes by setting the overall tone for how disability is portrayed and framed in society. It can impact on how people with a disability see themselves, both in terms of life expectations and outcomes and in their ability to participate in the community.
Reporting it Right aims to provide journalists with the most up-to-date and appropriate language for describing people with a disability and are similar to guidelines created to describe the drug prevention sector and the gay and lesbian community.
You can find the guidelines here.