Consumer Stories in the Media

A powerful story can be influential, motivating, entertaining, educational and much more. With this area of the expo people with a variety of disabilities share their stories.

American Film Showcase: o The American Film Showcase brings contemporary American documentaries, independent fiction films, and documentary know-how to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate. The AFS films explore diverse topics including civil rights, disabilities, social justice, sports, freedom of the press, technology and the environment.

Barbara Jordan Media Awards: o Each year the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, in conjunction with local committees throughout Texas, accepts nominations for media professionals and students who have produced material for the public which accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including the producer of the piece, by completing the submission form and sending it with any necessary supporting materials to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

Disabled-World.Com is an independent Health and Disability news source that offers subject areas covering seniors and disability news, assistive device reviews, and articles on everything from helpful tips to disability sports articles.

International Disability Alliance:
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is an alliance of eight global and six regional organisations of persons with disabilities. They advocate at the UN for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities and their organisations.

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center:
This center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Our vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.