Module 1: Legislation
Module 2: Disability Perspective
Module 3: Alternative Communication
Module 4: Assistive Technologies
Module 5: Accessible Meetings & Events
Module 7: Document Accessibility - Word
Module 8: Document Accessibility - PDF
Module 9 - Web Accessibility
- Students should review the article “Journalists should learn to carefully traverse a variety of disability terminology” (opens new window) before coming to class. Most trained North American journalists try to follow style guides, but when covering the disability community, conflicting terminology sometimes exists.
- The article/blog “Beyond Access: Facebook’s Automated Image Descriptions and Disability Justice” (opens new window) will be discussed in class and should be reviewed before attending class. Recently, Facebook launched Automatic Alternative Text, or AAT, a tool that provides automated image descriptions for blind users. What do you think? Let’s discuss in class.
- The 18 page resource guide (opens new window) from the Government of Canada will serve as a useful tool when you begin writing articles and conducting interviews with people with disabilities. Review this guide prior to writing or preparing for your interview / articles to ensure you’re using the proper terminology.
Person First Language
- The article “A Few Words About People First Language” (opens PDF, 120kb) is not required for class, but an opportunity to look more in-depth at using people first language.
- Reviewing this website (opens new window) is not required for class, but an excellent resource to refer to when writing or interviewing an individual with a disability.
- This pamphlet (opens PDF, 850kb) is an excellent resource for all news professionals when writing about persons with disabilities. It is not required for the course.
Identity First Language
- The article “Autistic First, Person Second!” (opens new window) is not required for the class, but a good discussion piece on identity first language.
- The article “Why Person-First Language Doesn’t Always Put the Person First” (opens new window) is not required for the class, but a good discussion piece on identity first versus person first language.