Examining Newspaper Coverage of Mental Retardation
Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
An analysis of NewsBank citations was performed to determine the frequency, geographic distribution, and major issues currently addressed in U.S. newspapers related to mental retardation. Ten major issues emerged including causation and prevention of mental retardation, abuse of persons with mental retardation, education of persons with mental retardation, elderly persons with mental retardation, jobs and job training for persons with mental retardation, deinstitutionalization, human rights and civil rights, crimes by persons with mental retardation, funding and administration, and quality of care. Everyone involved with persons with mental retardation is encouraged to use newspapers as a public relations/advocacy tool in support of the special population.
Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Matthews, M. L.
(1999). Examining Newspaper Coverage of Mental Retardation. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 34(2), 227-230.
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