The Disabled, the Media, and the Information Age

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How have disabled Americans been portrayed by the media through the years and how are images and the role of the handicapped changing? Jack Nelson and a series of experts in communication and the disabled offer an easy-to-read overview of key issues, continuing problems, new opportunities, and new technological tools. Professionals and teachers in communication, along with experts and general readers interested in public policy and social issues, will find this short study, with its illustrations, descriptions ...

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Overview

How have disabled Americans been portrayed by the media through the years and how are images and the role of the handicapped changing? Jack Nelson and a series of experts in communication and the disabled offer an easy-to-read overview of key issues, continuing problems, new opportunities, and new technological tools. Professionals and teachers in communication, along with experts and general readers interested in public policy and social issues, will find this short study, with its illustrations, descriptions and lists of organizations and its bibliographical materials, a handy reference.

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Meet the Author

JACK A. NELSON, Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Brigham Young University, has written at length and broadly in the field of communications and the humanities and in history.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Broken Images: Portrayals of Those with Disabilities in American Media 1
2 Sticks and Stones: The Language of Disability 25
3 Disability Coverage in American Newspapers 45
4 Disability Rights as Civil Rights: The Struggle for Recognition 59
5 Disability and the Media: The Ethics of the Matter 73
6 Disability Issues and the American Society of Newspaper Editors: All of Us Are Disabled 81
7 In the Workplace: The Reality 91
Rarely Have I Had to Duck 91
Educating Others Never Really Ends 94
All They Want Is to Be Treated Like Everyone Else 96
My Advancement Wouldn't Have Been Possible Without the Help of My Colleagues 98
Some Thoughts on "Bald, Crippled Midgets" 100
8 Is There a Future in Journalism for Those with a Disability?: The Other 80 Percent 103
9 From Mailroom to Newsroom 117
10 Assistive Technology and Software: Liberating All of Us 127
11 How Deaf Students Won Their Case at Gallaudet University - By Taking to the Streets 147
12 The Visually Handicapped Person and Technology 159
13 "My God! Another Little One?": Little Journalists' Contributions to the U.S. Media 173
14 International Aspects of the Disability Issue 189
15 Virtual Reality: The Promise of a Brave New World for Those with Disabilities 197
Appendix 1: Reporting on People with Disabilities: A Glossary of Terms 211
Appendix 2: Serial Publications Dealing with Disabilities 217
Appendix 3: Major Organizations Concerned with Disabilities 223
Selected Bibliography 231
Index 239
About the Editor and Contributors 247
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