Date: February 6, 2014

On Friday, January 31, journalists from five rayons of the country have attended a training for mass-media representatives in the field of social inclusion of persons with disabilities. The training was organized by Keystone Moldova and aimed to train representatives of the mass media in accurate and value-enhancing presentation of people with disabilities in journalistic articles, thus contributing to their social inclusion.

Trainers put emphasis on valuing the social role of people with disabilities, professional standards regarding the presentation of information about them and use of photo or video images showing people with disabilities.

"I have frequently asked myself how I should reflect topics related to people with disabilities in journalistic materials. I was interested in the use of appropriate vocabulary, questions and behavior when dealing with a person with disabilities, so as to avoid being offensive. I did not know what kind of photos we, the journalists, can put in newspapers, so as to present people with disabilities in a favorable posture and to create a positive image about them in the society", said Mrs. Tatiana Guzo, a reporter at the local newspaper "Get Informed" from Anenii Noi and regional correspondent of Radio Moldova.

"We, the journalists, really make blunders, we do not to use the correct vocabulary", stated Mrs. Maria Turcanu, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Our Echo" from Singerei. "I will convene a meeting with my co-workers to share the information I accumulated at the training. I realized that one should never avoid a person with disabilities, and we, the journalists, should educate our society", added Mrs.Turcanu.

The seminar was attended by eight journalists from Singerei, Falesti, Anenii Noi, Ungheni and Dubasari rayons, along with specialists from the "Mobile Team" social services from the same rayons. The participation of specialists was required, because they work directly with people with disabilities and create the material to be subsequently published in regional newspapers. "We, as professionals, who work directly with people with disabilities, should be careful with the way we behave and talk. The trainers highlighted the mistakes we make, unwittingly or not.

The information I heard today will allow me to avoid the mistakes I made in the past and be more correct in communication with people with disabilities," said Mrs. Marina Covrig, head of the "Mobile Team" social service from Anenii Noi.

The training was organized within the framework of the project "Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform", implemented by Keystone Moldova, with financial support of European Union.

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