Welcome to the NBACL Media Center. The links to the left aim to provide journalists with useful information about NBACL and includes such information as: NBACL’s history, our position statements, and how to interview a person with an intellectual disability.
If you are looking for more information on the disability movement in New Brunswick, would like to interview a staff on a relevant news issue, or feature a story about intellectual disability, please contact our Manager of Communications Christy McLean.
- Attention Families in the Saint John Region!
February 20th, 2017
- NBACL Staff Clothing Drive Challenge
February 15th, 2017
- NATIONAL AWARDS RECOGNIZE NB’s BEST INCLUSIVE EDUCATORS
February 9th, 2017
- New Brunswicker Krista Carr chosen to lead national organization
February 6th, 2017
- Internal Announcement
February 1st, 2017
- 2017 Management visits to regional offices
January 30th, 2017
- Inclusive Education Webinars!
January 27th, 2017
- Let’s Talk about NBACL’s eBook on Supporting People with Dual Diagnosis – intellectual disability and mental illness
January 25th, 2017
- 2017 Staff Learning schedule
January 23rd, 2017
Guidelines on Reporting on a Person with an Intellectual Disability
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when interviewing or reporting on a person with an intellectual disability:
- It is not always relevant to the article to mention that a person has a disability. If and when it is, identify the person first and then the disability and move on.
- Don’t feel that you have to monitor every word and action. It is more important to act naturally.
- Emphasize the ability rather than the limitation. Say that a person has a disability rather than he or she is disabled. People do not want to be defined by their disability.
- Avoid using emotional words like “suffers” “afflicted” or “victim”, or that the disability is “a disease” or the families are “burdened.” People with an intellectual disability do not consider themselves to be sick or suffering.
- Avoid depicting people with a disability who succeed as “extraordinary”. Overemphasizing a person’s achievements may suggest that the original expectations were low.
- Portray the person as he or she is. For example, a person with an intellectual disability may be a student, employee, parent or family member, artist, or an athlete.
- People with an intellectual disability do not want to be recipients of pity or charity.
- Avoid comparing the actual age of a person with an intellectual disability to their “mental age.”
- When interviewing a person with an intellectual disability who is “non-verbal,” always speak directly to them, rather than to their support person or aide.
- Speak in a normal tone of voice and do not use language that is condescending.
- A person with an intellectual disability may need your patience, so give the person sufficient time to respond to your question.
- If a person asks you to repeat the question, consider using plain language.
- Ask the person to repeat themselves if you do not understand them.
- Do not assume that a person who has an intellectual disability also has a physical disability.