The NUJ Disabled Members Council exists to service the needs of disabled members of the union and also to advise and assist all members of the NUJ in disability matters.
Disabled members work together to create a caring and supportive environment in which to promote progressive policies. Disabled members in the world of media have been concentrated in the lowest paying, low status or freelance jobs making it particularly difficult for them to get time off to attend meetings, or indeed afford the related costs which disability can bring. The work of the council allows Disabled members to draw from each other’s strengths in order to maximize their influence over policies and break down the barriers which prevent Disabled members from realising their full potential in their Union, place of work, and wider society. It also is continuingly working to promote and support the Disability Discrimination Act and other legislation relating to disability interests, and this work is better informed by people with direct experience of disability or impairment.
There are at least 10.6 million disabled people in this country, many of whom would not profess to having any special knowledge or understanding of, for example, the Disability Discrimination Act or the language and terminology of disability politics. Journalists need to be expertly informed and who better to give such advice than NUJ members who have experience of disability politics and have taken part in disability activities of one sort or another.
The cornerstone of the work of the DMC is that of the Social Model which states that disability is caused not by a person’s impairment, but by the disadvantages or restrictions of activity caused by a society which takes little or no account of those impairments. The DMC recognises the need for true equality in our profession.
The NUJ Disabled Members Council is based in Headlands House in London. Contact via email or internet at
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
NUJ WEB http://www.nuj.org.uk