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Although campus newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations, yearbooks and literary magazines should be an essential element in the educational mix of the student with a disability who wants a career in mass media, the nature of student media presents a number of discouraging factors. Student media frequently become businesses of considerable size which are limited by extraordinarily tight budgets. Student media managers, like trained professionals, can be reluctant to deal with a potential student employee whose presence might involve purchase or adaptation of facilities. These managers should be aware that financial costs for adapting the workplace to the student with a disability are minimal. While facilities and access represent hurdles that need to be overcome, attitudes constitute a far bigger problem. Faculty mentors and wise action by student managers can help facilitate acceptance of the student with a disability by co-workers. A final responsibility rests with the student with a disability who should realistically determine what he or she is physically able to do, while at the same time confronting challenges and accepting work at the level of his or her own abilities, but not below them. (Twelve notes are included.) (NH)

Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), College Students, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Equal Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Mass Media, School Newspapers, Student Publications

Autor: John, Jeffrey Alan


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