Media and Disability Reflection Group
The Media and Disability Reflection Group was created with two key objectives:
a) To develop and to increase the levels of Media Accessibility by those with special needs;
b) to include characters with special needs and disability issues in media content, avoiding stereotypes and other misrepresentations of disability.
On March 2011, was created a think tank on issues that cross the media and disability. It was created by Gabinete para os Meios de Comunicação Social who invited, for this purpose, national personalities and institutions of reference in the different areas that Media / Disability involves such as ANACOM - National Communications Authority, ERC - Regulatory Entity for Social Communication, INR - National Rehabilitation Institute, RTP, SIC, TVI, FCT Access Unit, journalists and researchers / teachers.
Between March 2011 and December 2014, the Reflection Group promoted studies, including a survey of the state of the art and evaluation of the accessibility of national media web pages, held annual colloquiums, edited a guide about good journalistic practices in the field of disability, held hearings with various stakeholders (associations of disabled people, representatives of media industries, journalists ...), with the dual purpose of exchanging information and knowledge, as well as creating conditions for the establishment of partnerships between representatives of people with disabilities and the media. Also carried out a significant activity with NGOs that work in the field of disability in order to improve their skills to deal effectively with the media.
Main expected results concern the exchange of information and knowledge, as well as the creation of conditions for the establishment of partnerships between representatives of people with disabilities and the media. The activities carried out with NGOs that work in the field of disability intended to improve their skills to deal effectively with the media.