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.
TRPIL in the News
- Navigating through "health plans" before Dec. 26 deadline VIDEO (12/11/2017)
- Will Pennsylvania get swamped by the silver tsunami? (11/26/2017)
- TRPIL receives EQT donation (11/25/2017)
- TRPIL awarded certificate to train CNAs (10/28/2017)
- Faith in Action to hold orientation (9/19/2017)
- Local restaurateur sues TRPIL (9/15/2017)
- Disabled Washington woman to receive Comeback Award (8/29/2017)
- TRPIL Breaks Ground On New Headquarters - text replicated in Facebook post; no permanent WJPA news archive (7/31/2017)
- TRPIL progresses with YWCA building (7/31/2017)
- Voices for ABLE account finally heard - Subscribers only (7/16/2017)
- "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)
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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