Friday, March 3, 2017

Murder of Disabled People by Caregivers

Every week, at least one person with disabilities is murdered by their caregivers. Working with a small team, including - The Ruderman Foundation, researcher Kathleen Seidel, Vilissa Thompson, Timotheus Gordon Jr., and Zoe Gross with Autistic Self Advocacy Network - I led a study of 5 years of media coverage of the murder of disabled people.

We found:
  • Outside of longform careful reporting, reporters simply don't talk to disabled people about the murder of disabled people.
  • Phrases like "mercy killing" remain far too prevalent.
  • Sympathetic coverage of the killers, likewise, keeps happening.
Still more to come on this work over the next few weeks.

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