Kudos: HLN Coverage of Murder and Abuse of Children With Dis-abilities

On this blog, i usually report on the myriad indignities people with dis-abilities encounter and the politics of access and agency. We also give Kudos, when someone gets it right– or ALMOST right. 

Lawrence Carter-Long rocks the interview. Nancy Grace could use some lessons in dis-ability lexicon and tone, but at least she’s covering it. Mark Klass continues perpetuating the idea of stranger danger, when in most cases the danger to women and children is in our own homes, especially true for PWDs.

Nancy Grace December 27, 2011

Missing 9-Year-Old Murdered Disabled Girl, Alie Marie Lemmon, Dismembered by Family Friend. December 27, 2011 (See below, my email to CNN/IHN)

My Letter to CNN

post your letter at: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?81

Kudos for your coverage of dis-ability and how PWDs (people w dis-abilities) are especially targeted. Lawrence Carter Long’s contributions were excellent. He is a great spokesperson on dis-ability rights. With deep respect for what Mark Klass has been through, not sure what his contribution had to do w this report, since he was mostly talking about “stranger danger”, which was the case with his family. In general, though, and in the case of PWDs, the greatest danger to women and children is in our own homes. Did you feel you needed a nonPWD to speak on this issue to balance Carter-Long? Also, you REALLY need to familiarize yourself with both lexicon and tone when discussing dis-ability rights. This is a human rights issue as any other. Please focus on us in ways that are dignified, not separate, and not with pity. You also need to update your lexicon– the word handicapped is considered insulting and antiquated. Here are some resources for you:  Disability Etiquette: What NOT to say to a person with a Disability http://diversityinc.com/content/1757/article/3382/

http://www.uni.edu/equity/DisabilityEtiquette.shtml#HearingDisabilityEtiquette http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_etiquette __________________________________________________ Respectful Dis-ability Language Respectful Disability Language— Mobility International USA – MIUSA www.miusa.org http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/image s/PDF/pfl09.pdf People first, language, to describe people with disabilities.– a very helpful essay. and my own developing lexicon:  https://inbedwithfridakahlo.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/dis-ability-word-matters/

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