Inclusion London commissioned the Glasgow Media Group and the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research to carry out a study to analyse changes in the way the media are reporting disability and how it has impacted on public attitudes towards disabled people. The study highlights the following points:
There has been a significant increase in the reporting of disability in the print media with 713 disability related articles in 2004‐5 compared to 1015 in a comparable period in 2010‐11. This increase has been accompanied by a shift in the way that disability is being reported and there is now increased politicisation of media coverage of disability in 2010‐11 compared to 2004‐5;
• There has been a reduction in the proportion of articles which describe disabled people in sympathetic and deserving terms, and stories that document the ‘real life’ experiences of living as a disabled person have also decreased. Some impairment groups…
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Are you under 25, living in the West Midlands and currently have a mental health problem? Time to Change is launching a brand new project and to help us promote it in the media we would like to hear your views about experiences of your illness. All responses are anonymous.
This particular survey is only open to people living in the West Midlands region (Herefordshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire) as that’s where the project will be based. Thanks.