On this issue, we talked with Susan LoTempio and Kristin Gilger of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

Susan, who had polio as an eight-month old and uses a wheelchair, talked about her long career as a newspaper editor and how she went from initially just writing headlines and editing to overseeing entire sections.

Susan also gave examples of what you’ll see in writing about disabilities when it’s done well and when it’s not done well. And she provided examples of stories related to disabilities that are not being well covered.

Kristin, a professor at Arizona State, is the executive director of the Center. She talked about the types of questions the center typically gets asked to assist on (often relating to language and usage) and what listeners can do to support the work of the Center.