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NUJ launches survey of members on International Day of Disabled People

3 December 2019

On International Day of Disabled People (IDDP), the NUJ Disabled Members' Council (DMC) has called for a more inclusive and accessible industry for disabled journalists and has launched a survey to gather information on members’ experiences at work.

This year’s theme for the United Nations-led day is "Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”.

Two 2019 reports from Ofcom found that only 6 per cent of journalists working in TV and radio are disabled, compared to 18 per cent of the general working-age population. There is a lack of data on the existence and experiences of disabled journalists throughout the industry. That is why the NUJ has launched a survey to gather information and views on the experiences of disabled NUJ members in work or training.

Natasha Hirst, the NUJ national executive council’s disabled members' rep said:

"Disabled people are vastly underrepresented in journalism. To promote participation and leadership of disabled journalists, our industry must continue to strive to ensure that it is reflective of the communities we serve. The entire industry must make a determined effort to improve access and inclusion. This includes professional training, workplace policies and practice, and a significant shift in attitudes towards disabled people to enable them to flourish in their chosen profession."

Ann Galpin, chair of the DMC said:

"We are here to support our members to get access to their rights at work and challenge discrimination, whether as employees or as freelancers. The lack of research on the challenges and barriers that disabled journalists face prevents the industry from finding solutions to improving access. We call on all disabled members to complete our survey and influence the development of our services and campaigns for an accessible future in journalism."

The NUJ supports the social model of disability. All members who are disabled or live with an impairment or a chronic medical condition can provide their feedback by completing the survey. This includes people with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit and autism; and health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV, and multiple sclerosis. This list is not exhaustive.

You may not usually self-define as a disabled person, but your feedback will be very valuable to us.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY by Sunday 26 January.

Responses will be treated in confidence.

If you would like more information, or a more accessible version of the survey please get in touch with equality@nuj.org.uk
For more information on the support available for disabled members and activities of the Disabled Members Council go to the NUJ website

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