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Disability Etiquette and the Media

Disability etiquette refers to the set of social conventions and behaviors that individuals can adopt to interact respectfully and inclusively with people who have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive piece of legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and ensures equal opportunities in various areas of public life. While disability etiquette is not explicitly outlined in the ADA, the principles of respectful and inclusive behavior align with the spirit of the ADA in promoting equal rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

This course explores the profound impact of media portrayal on public perceptions and societal standards, particularly concerning individuals with disabilities. Centered on disability awareness and etiquette within media settings, the curriculum is explicitly tailored to align with principles outlined in promoting inclusivity and nondiscrimination, as highlighted in disability-related provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Participants will delve into the intricacies of media representation, examining images and narratives that contribute to lasting impressions and influence public opinion. The course will emphasize the significance of portraying the disability community accurately and respectfully. Moreover, it will provide participants with a nuanced understanding of language etiquette and will equip them with the tools to navigate proper language use when addressing individuals with disabilities across various media modalities. By addressing etiquette considerations in media portrayals, the course aims to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable representation of the disability community, promoting awareness and understanding in alignment with the ADA's overarching goals.

(Approximate time: 70 Min Total)

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  • Introduction
  • Disability Etiquette and the Media
  • Module 1
  • Definition of a Disability
  • Module 2
  • Why Access Matters
  • Module 3
  • Language
  • Module 4
  • The Media’s Presentation of Persons with Disabilities
  • Module 5
  • Etiquette Guidelines in the Media
  • Module 6
  • Increasing Disability Etiquette and Awareness in Media Settings
  • Quiz
  • Disability Etiquette and the Media (10 Questions)
  • Survey
  • Training Course Satisfaction Survey
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Disability Etiquette and the Media, Definition of a Disability, Why Access Matters, Language, The Media’s Presentation of Persons with Disabilities, Etiquette Guidelines in the Media, Increasing Disability Etiquette and Awareness in Media Settings, Disability Etiquette and the Media (10 Questions)"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever