More reporters seem to understand that people are not necessarily “confined to wheelchairs” or continually “suffer” from afflictions. They're less likely than in the past to refer to people with disabilities as “retarded,” “defective” or “abnormal.”
That's the good news, and it's a start.
The even better news is that some excellent journalism is being produced on disability issues. Since 2012, the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University has reviewed hundreds of disability-related stories by news organizations across the United States and beyond. Granted, these stories, submitted by individuals proud of their work and hoping to be honored in the center's annual reporting contest, represent what should be the cream of the crop. And for the most part, they are. They include exhaustive investigations into the treatment of those living with disabilities, delve deeply into the lives of individuals, question public policy and challenge conventional thinking. They are as good as reporting done anywhere on any subject.
But the contest, along with the center's steady monitoring of disability coverage by the news media, also reveals some fault lines that underscore how much work remains to be done.
- found in The Diversity Style Guide