Often, people with disabilities are not represented in an accurate way in media. The term “inspiration porn” comes to mind, and in fact, as a journalist who mainly writes about chronic illness and disability, I have heard that my stories are “not inspirational” enough many times. However, people with disabilities live their life like anyone else – just under different circumstances. So neither a hero-like portrayal nor a victimized representation is what people with disabilities deserve.
This opinion piece features one of many experiences I made as a disabled journalist, and it argues the point that we should allow the people that know best to report on disability: disabled journalists.
My commentary was published by The Columbia Journalism Review:
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