Wider media coverage sought on issues of people with disabilities

Kathmandu:: Issues concerning persons with physical disabilities should be given proportional space in media contents, stressed participants of a programme here Friday.
Taking part in an interaction programme organised here Friday, the voices were heard for giving priority to success stories of persons with disabilities. Such news may be- the disabled becoming self-reliant or earning identity in other field through the means of their good deeds- they added.
Nepal Democratic Disabled Association President Bhojraj Shrestha said though positive news dealing with the persons with disabilities sometimes made the news headline, their issues were relatively getting narrower coverage in media productions.
Karuna Foundation Project Coordinator Amrita Gyawali said of late some online media are seemed less serious while using terminologies to present the news concerning people with disabilities. The use of disparaging terminologies lowered the self-esteem of such section.
“We still have the same perception towards the persons with disabilities. People even having better status in the society declined to bring about the identities of disabled kids. Such parents are never heard talking about their kids publicly and under these circumstances, how others people will be encouraged to do so,” she wondered.
Journalist Gajendra Budathoki said though disability-related news were yet to grab the media attention, some media were disseminating very good feature news on the issue.
On the occasion, the participants sought equal treatment to disabled as of normal people as only compassion and sympathy were not enough to boost up their morale.
According to the 2011 National Census, some two percent (513,321) of the total population reported having some kind of disability.


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