Editorial: The difference is: no difference at all

Scope’s new report on media references to people with disabilities makes depressing reading (story page four). The cerebral palsy charity says that 80 pejorative terms were used more than 800 times in local and national press - a situation that has not changed markedly since its last report in 1991. Everyone loves a stereotype: they make easy copy and get a message across.

Scope’s new report on media references to people with disabilities

makes depressing reading (story page four). The cerebral palsy charity

says that 80 pejorative terms were used more than 800 times in local and

national press - a situation that has not changed markedly since its

last report in 1991. Everyone loves a stereotype: they make easy copy

and get a message across.



But what message? When it comes to disabled people, we are usually

talking either triumph or tragedy when all the disabled want is to be

treated equally. And perhaps that is the key message for all PROs:

people with disabilities are not heroes or victims. They are simply

people.



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