"In the past decade, the mass media discovered disability. Yet depictions of disability have remained largely unchanged since the 1920s: Focusing almost exclusively on the medical aspect of injury or illness, the disability profile leads inevitably to an inspiring moment of "overcoming." According to Riley, this cliche plays well with a general audience, but such narratives, driven by prejudice and pity, are deeply offensive to persons with disabilities. Equally important, misguided coverage has adverse effects on crucial aspects of public policy, such as employment, social services, and health care." Riley's inside investigation illuminates the extent of the problem while pinpointing how writers, editors, directors, producers, filmmakers, advertisers and the executives who give their marching orders go wrong, or occasionally get it right. Through a close analysis of the technical means of representation, in conjunction with the commentary of leading voices in the disability community, Riley guides future coverage to a more fair and accurate way of putting the disability story on screen or paper.
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Meet the Author
CHARLES A. RILEY II is a newsroom veteran, the co-founder of WeMedia, the first multimedia company devoted to people with disabilities, and the former editor-in-chief of WE, its national lifestyle magazine. A former reporter covering politics and policy, science and finance for Fortune magazine, former senior editor of Art & Auction magazine, and a frequent contributor to Art & Antiques magazine, Dr. Riley has appeared on CNN, CNNfn, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News and NPR as a commentator on disability-related issues. He has won major service awards for his coverage of disability from Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, the National Recovery Alliance, and other organizations. The author of nine books on the arts, Riley is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College/City University of New York.
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Whose Life Is It Anyway? The Use and Abuse of the Disability Memoir
Getting It on Paper: Revising the Disability Story for the Print Media
I'd Like to Thank the Academy: Losing Focus on Disability in Movies and Television
And Here's the Pitch: How Advertising Uses Disability
Milestones, Mixed Messages, and Missed Opportunities: The Unfinished Business of the Disability Media
WE: The Short Happy Life of an Independent Magazine
"On the Web We're All Equal": And Other Myths about Disability and Multimedia
Appendix A: Guidelines for Portraying People with Disabilities in the Media
Appendix B: Guidelines for Web Accessibility