This study examines disability terminology to explore how the news media frame cultural representations of the disability community. More specifically, the paper examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on journalist’s language choices about disability topics. A content analysis of news stories using disability terms in The Washington Post and The New York Times during the past decade was conducted. The paper illustrates that disability community identity continues to be formed, transformed and...
Digitized program for the National Women's Studies Association 27th Annual Conference, held June 15-18, 2006, in Oakland, California.
Author Affiliations: 1Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 2Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 3Department of Religious Studies, Webster University, St. Louis, MO