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Reporting Guide Disability Issues

Illustration: Alexandra Ramirez for GIJN


Reporting Guide to Investigating Disability Issues

In this guide we’ve included some of the various definitions of disability, important resources, and key issues for journalists to investigate. You’ll hear the voices of journalists from across the globe — many of whom are disabled themselves.

This reporting guide was realized with the help of GIJN Staff Andrea Arzaba, Pınar Dağ, Maxime Koami Domegni, Alim Kholikul, Gabriela Manuli, Benon Herbert Oluka, Toby McIntosh, Marthe Rubio, and Deepak Tiwari. It was written by Emyle Watkins. Editing by Nikolia Apostolou, David E. Kaplan, Laura Dixon, Alexa van Sickle, and Reed Richardson. Illustrations by Alexandra Ramirez, a disabled artist who has hearing loss.

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Guide to Investigating Disability Issues: Introduction

To say the disability community is poorly covered is an understatement. Far too often, people with disabilities are pitied, ignored, or painted as “inspirational” for doing things anyone else does. People with disabilities deserve the same serious attention from investigative journalists as any other group.

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Guide to Investigating Disability Issues: Chapter 3 — Sources and Data

As in all stories, choosing who your sources are makes a difference. A lot of journalists fail to actually quote a person living with the disabilities they’re writing about, and there are also many disabled and neurodivergent people who are experts in the fields that you might need for your story.