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Media Inquiries

All press and media related questions or inquiries should be directed to:

Terri Goddard
Resource Development Manager
The Whole Person
3710 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
816-626-2211
tgoddard@thewholeperson.org


Information about Writing and Reporting about People with Disabilities

Click links for helpful information

  • "Writers, editors, reporters and other communicators strive to use the most accurate terminology about people with disabilities. However, inaccurate, archaic and offensive expressions are still commonly used, perpetuating negative stereotypes and beliefs about people with disabilities." (Media guidelines and PDF download of resources)

  • "Using information from the National Center on Disability and Journalism and the Mayo Clinic, we developed our own internal style guide and five best tips for writing about people with disabilities."

  • "The goal of the NCDJ is to provide support and guidance for journalists as they cover people with disabilities. The NCDJ does not advocate a particular point of view; it is concerned with the journalistic principles of accuracy, fairness and diversity in news coverage. Reporters who cover disability issues as a beat and those who may occasionally report on people with disabilities or disability issues may find the center a useful resource for information and the exchange of ideas."

  • The words you use and the way you portray individuals with disabilities matters. This factsheet from ADAT.org provides guidelines for portraying individuals with disabilities in a respectful and balanced way by using language that is accurate, neutral and objective.

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