4 and 5 December 2015, Belgrade

International Academy in Belgrade is a specialised NGO for covering the daily life of persons with disabilities, diversity in the society, sport, health, as also, daily work of journalists and media  in South, East and Central Europe. The activities of the NGO are achieved in workshops, seminars and conferences, as also over education-projects and activities.

As part of this work, the International Academy organised the conference Persons with Disabilities and the Media: Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities - Improving Reporting in media in Belgrade on 4 and 5 December 2015.

Educators, activists, representatives of relevant NGOs and journalists are meeting on the occasion of this international conference to discuss ways in which media can contribute to improving the position of persons with disabilities, with particular focus on their social and professional needs. The analysis of the current quality of media reports about persons with disabilities will serve as a starting point for identifying responsibilities of the media, as well as opportunities for improvement.

More than 150 participants discussed in two days about this very important topic. The aim of the conference was to pave the way for a wide reflection on the visibility of disabled people in media and their adequate portrayal,  The conference  brought together journalists covering the topic of disabilities in the media, organisations of disabled people, other media professionals and public representatives. The conference covered also the role of new media, especially as computers are widely accepted as instrument for people with disabilities supporting their ADL tasks at home and at work, as also the inclusion of journalists with disabilities into the daily work of media.

During the conference following topics were covered:

What is the Society Doing to Improve the Life of Persons with Disabitlies Reporting in Media about Persons with  Disabilities Position of Persons with Disabilities in the Public and how Media can Improve the Picture Professional and Social Needs of Persons with Disabilities- Responsibility of Media, Education and Social Security The International Academy and  the International Academy-International Media Center are in charge of the overall organisation of the conference, in cooperation with the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO). This event is supported by the  Central European Initiative (CEI)

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities - Improving Reporting in media

Inkluzija osoba sa invaliditetom – Unapredjenje izvestavanja u medijima