Politics, the economy, sexuality, healthcare, natural disasters, race relations - every day there are breaking news and media images on these and other issues. Such stories and images have a powerful impact on all of us, but they seldom discuss or articulate the experiences and perspectives of people with disabilities. Learn more about what DisBeat is here.

DisBeat is a national communications initiative. Our purpose is to:

  1. Convene issue leaders, subject-matter experts, and other stakeholders to form responses; 
  2. Develop and help impleent communication strategies.
  3. Serve as a trusted source for reporters, journalists, writers, and screenwriters.
  4. Expand, frame, and reframe the way disability is discussed.
  5. Provide, curate, and create fact sheets, talking points, resources, white papers, etc.

Featured DisBeat Issues

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Featured DisBeat Issues

8/27/15

by Jordan Melograna

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast, many familiar phrases will briefly re-enter our daily lexicon: levees, the Superdome, Lower Ninth, FEMA trailers. And lots of anger and sadness and pain will return to millions of Gulf Coast residents who have largely tried to forget and move on.

June 14, 2016

by Gracie Bonds Staples

Will Traynor kills himself and that has a lot of people mad.

I realize that essentially spoils the ending of the newly released “Me Before You,” but there’s really no way around that. It’s the only way to explain why Charlie Miller, Margo Waters and Sukie Glick are so angry.

June 13, 2016

by Mike Ervin

Shallow art is usually harmless. Being blindsided in an elevator by the latest Kenny G offering may feel annoying and vaguely insulting to your intelligence, but the best thing to do is walk it off and shoulder on.

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