The NUJ's work is informed by the social model of disability. This states that disability is largely caused not by a person's impairment, but by the disadvantages or restrictions in activity caused by a society that takes little or no account of those impairments.
Disabled members in the media industry are overwhelmingly concentrated in the lowest-paying, low-status or freelance jobs. This makes it particularly difficult for them to get time off to attend meetings, or to afford the related costs that disability can bring.
Disabled members' council
The NUJ's disabled members' council (DMC) exists to highlight the needs of disabled members of the union and to advise and assist all members of the NUJ on disability issues. The cornerstone of the work of the DMC is the implementation of the social model of disability. Read the DMC policy statement.
DMC recognises the need for true equality in our profession and its work involves monitoring relevant legislation and campaigning for improved access for disabled members. It also draws the union's attention to any instances of discrimination on the grounds of disability.
The council allows disabled members to draw on each other's strengths to maximize their influence on policy making. It also helps break down the barriers that prevent disabled members realising their full potential in their union, place of work, and wider society.
DMC has produced a disability handbook and helps publish guides on terminology and other disability-related issues. The council has also produced a report on hidden disabilities. The TUC have also produced a guide for union representatives to support members with invivisble impairments "You don't look disabled" - TUC guide. (December 2015)
The council consists of seven NUJ members who have a disability as defined in the Equality Act. Members are elected to DMC at the NUJ delegate meeting.
Find out who represents you on the DMC (members only).
Read all the NUJ news about the NUJ's disabled members.