Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free, online Disability Advocacy through Media training course now available

From Beth Haller, Media dis&dat blogger:

I have developed an online training course about disability advocacy using media that is open source so advocates around the world can use it. I hope it will be translated into many languages.

The online course, Disability Advocacy through Media, will introduce advocates to how to use traditional and online media advocacy techniques to build awareness of disability issues. It covers the use of social media, videos, websites and blogs for disability advocacy. It includes e-lectures, self-teaching assignments, and all-online readings and other resources.

This course is a collaborative project between the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, both at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, USA. For more information about the Hussman Center, visit its website here.

This course is meant to be used and shared. If you have comments or ideas about the course, feel free to contact me, Beth Haller, at bah621@gmail.com.

The list of lessons in the course:

  • Unit 1: What has happened to traditional news media in the USA? 
  • Unit 2: What was traditional news media advocacy for disability advocates? Part 1 
  • Unit 3: What was traditional news media advocacy for disability advocates? Part 2 
  • Unit 4: The intersection of old/new media in advocacy 
  • Unit 5: Public Service Announcements/Video News Releases 
  • Unit 6: Activism of all kinds reinvigorated by social media 
  • Unit 7: Why disability activists should use social media 
  • Unit 8: Facebook 
  • Unit 9: Twitter 
  • Unit 10: Vlogs & video 
  • Unit 11: Blogging 
  • Unit 12: A word about accessibility