Media & Press
TRPIL respects the power of the media: journalists, photographers, bloggers, and editors are in a unique position to shape the public image of people with disabilities.
We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of people-first language and assisting in avoiding negative (and positive!) stigmas when communicating stories about people with disabilities.
NOTE!In 2017, we rebranded our organization. Information about this can be found in the following materials:
Historical articles and their headlines listed/archived below may reflect our previous name of "TRIPIL."
TRPIL in the News
- "The Mission of TRIPIL," Disability Matters with Joyce Bender - "Joyce welcomes Daniel Kleinmann, special project coordinator for Traditional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) in Washington, PA. TRPIL is a Center for Independent Living that brings together individuals who face common barriers – equal access, assistive technology, education, employment, housing, and transportation – in order to solve these problems. Mr. Kleinmann will discuss this organization’s mission in depth during the show." (6/13/2017)
- Organizations compete to serve disabled in Pittsburgh area (5/30/2017)
- Free program offers assistive devices (5/23/2017)
- Trinity raises $3,600 for TRPIL (5/20/2017)
- Regional caregivers’ lawsuit settled (5/12/2017)
- Anti-Stigma Disabilities - Press conference on YouTube for the release of the anti-stigma documentary "What Are You Thinking?", which TRPIL staff assisted with; PA State Representative Sheryl Delozier speaks. (5/10/2017)
- Nonprofit’s rebranding signifies transition "A slight acronym change and a new logo reflect expansion and progress for an area nonprofit." (4/10/2017)
- TRPIL brings six-ton spud to Washington "Big Idaho Potato Truck helping center raise money for relocation" (4/10/2017)
- Man leaves D.C., finds peace in Washington "[Shawn English] worked for the [City Mission], collecting donations, and eventually, got a position as a personal home care attendant for TRIPIL Services. He took care of elderly clients overnight and worked at a gas station during the day. English rode a bicycle everywhere, no matter the time or weather, and got encouragement from people who would acknowledge his familiar figure biking through the snow or rain." (2/26/2017)
- Town Halls Are Becoming Increasingly Contentious - several radio interviews with TRIPIL staff during the Peoples' town hall on 2/22/2017 (2/24/2017)
- Murphy says he wasn’t invited to town hall event "Kathleen Kleinmann, chief executive officer for TRIPIL, said an invitation was extended to Murphy through his Washington, D.C., office, though she conceded there “may have been some confusion.” (2/21/2017)
- TRIPIL to hold Walk, Run, Roll 5K (2/20/2017)
- Puskar to perform for TRIPIL fundraiser (1/30/2017)
- TRIPIL receives funding for project (1/28/2017)
- Monongahela leads the way on accessibility (letter to the editor; 1/8/2017)
- TRIPIL CEO named to Pa. Long Term Care Council "Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed the chief executive officer of Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living to serve on the state’s newly formed Long Term Care Council. Kathleen Kleinmann, who has been with TRIPIL for more than 25 years, will serve a three-year term as an advocate for long term care." (12/5/2016)
- WCCF awards $6,000 in grants to local charities "Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living received $1,000 for Internet Café Support. Money will be used to purchase a new computer with software that can assist consumers facing a variety of special needs, such as low vision or hearing difficulties." (11/14/2016)
- TRIPIL representative asks commissioners for more housing for people with disabilities "It’s potentially a tall order, reducing the number of blighted properties while increasing the number of homes accessible to people with disabilities, but a volunteer coordinator for Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living asked the Washington County commissioners to kill two birds with one stone." (10/21/2016)
- See also: Independence Place Concept
- Mon Valley residents benefit from independent living nonprofit expansion "(Mary) Patrick credits the independence of living in her own home to the nonprofit Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living." (10/11/2016)
- City of Washington resident starts grocery delivery service "By day, Watters is a home health attendant with Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living (TRIPIL)." (10/9/2016)
- Allegheny Foundation awards $50,000 to TRIPIL (10/8/2016)
- TRIPIL project to renovate former YWCA moving forward "TRIPIL site built 'like a tank'" (10/6/2016)
- Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania supports Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living (TRIPIL) new wheelchair accessible, “life safety area” with $2,500 donation (8/2/2016)
- TRIPIL to hold first golf outing (7/20/2016)
- Faith in Action seeking volunteers in Washington County (Senior Times News, page 8, June 2016)
- Life is worth living, disability rights activists claim in protest against the film 'Me Before You' (6/3/2016)
- TRIPIL Modeling Wellness at Work (Spring 2016)
- Advocates for those with disabilities praise new savings accounts (4/25/2016) -- Staff members discuss Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) programs in PA.
- Campaign aims to end stigma (4/8/2016) -- TRIPIL participated in the Stigma Project effort initiated by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC); see the website at Let's Think Again .
- Assistive Technology is available for you (Senior Times, February 2016, page 8)
- TRIPIL Youth Program for 'All Types of Transitions' (Winter 2016)
- Southpointe Spotlight: Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living affirms Liberty and Justice for all people with disabilities (Southpointe Directory, Jan 2016)
- Evans finds rewards in helping others (1/3/2016) -- An article about Ken Evans, TRIPIL's Youth coordinator.
See also our Past Articles & Editorials page.
Quick Suggestions for Respectful ReportingIt's important for all of us to be aware that it's better to convey a positive, objective view of an individual instead of a negative, insensitive image.
- Put the person first, not his or her disability.
- Emphasize abilities, not limitations.
- Do not focus on a disability unless it is essential to a story.
- Bypass condescending euphemisms.
- Do not portray successful people with disabilities as heroic overachievers or long-suffering saints.
- Avoid sensationalizing and negative labeling.
- Do not equate disability with illness.
- Respect the person.
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More InformationDownload these helpful resources:
- Disability Language Style Guide (PDF)
- Guidelines: How to Write & Report About People with Disabilities (HTML) / (PDF)
- Beyond the AP Stylebook: Language and Usage Guide for Reporters and Editors
- People-first Language
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