Disability Awareness Webinar Overview

Disability Awareness Webinar for media professionals

Webinar recorded on November 4, 2010

This presentation has been archived to four captioned segments on YouTube.

The Institute for Disability Studies hosted a free disability awareness Webinar for media professionals on Thursday, November 4 at 1 p.m. The Webinar informed media professionals on best practices for writing and reporting about people with disabilities and the use of People First Language. Dr. Glenn White director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas presented information on RTCIL’s Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities, one of the resources available through the Webinar. Information will also be presented on making Web sites accessible.

Funded through a grant from the Gannett Foundation’s Community Grant Program and the Clarion Ledger, the Webinar allows media professionals to participate at no cost from their offices in the hour-long educational Webinar which is supported by education materials and resources.

“We are pleased to bring this information to Mississippi’s journalists and newscasters on behalf of Mississippi’s disability community,” says Royal Walker, executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies, Mississippi’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities located more than 30 years at The University of Southern Mississippi. “This Webinar is particularly appropriate given that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

For more information about the media awareness Webinar, call Alma Ellis in the Jackson office of the Institute for Disability Studies toll free at 1.866.883.4474 or e-mail her at alma.ellis@usm.edu.  


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