Lawrence Carter-Long is the Public Affairs Specialist at National Council on Disability and curator of the groundbreaking disTHIS! FILM SERIES: disability through a whole new lens. As a media critic/social commentator, he has been featured on CNN, the New York Times, NBC's Today Show, the BBC, and National Public Radio, among other regional and local outlets. A graduate of the 2004 SPIN Academy (a comprehensive media/communications strategy intensive presented by the SPIN PROJECT), Lawrence is the co-host of—and a producer for—WBAI's Largest Minority Radio Show in NYC. As a performer, he can currently be seen performing as a part of GIMP with Heidi Latsky Dance
Beth Haller is Professor of Journalism/New Media at Towson University in Maryland. She is the former co-editor of the Society for Disability Studies' scholarly journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, (2003-2006). She currently maintains a blog on disability issues in the news, Media dis&dat, as well as a Web site on media and disability research. She has been researching media images of disability since 1991, when she did a master's thesis at the University of Maryland-College Park on the coverage of Deaf persons in The Washington Post and New York Times. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Temple University investigated elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her media and disability research has subsequently been published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, Journalism Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Research in Social Science and Disability, Journal of Comic Art, Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Mass Comm Review, and Journalism History. She is the co-author of the textbook, An Introduction to News Reporting: A Beginning Journalist's Guide (Allyn & Bacon, 2005). Haller is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Baylor University.
Mary Johnson covered the U.S. disability rights movement for nearly three decades both as editor of disability movement media and as a freelancer for mainstream and alternative media. In 1980 she founded The Disability Rag magazine (which became Ragged Edge magazine in 1997). She continued her reporting and editing on the Ragged Edge website until 2006. Her articles about disability rights have appeared in the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the Village Voice, the Nation, the Columbia Journalism Review, commondreams.org, wimnonline.org and others. Mary Johnson's book, Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve and The Case Against Disability Rights (Advocado Press, 2003), reported on attacks on the Americans with Disabilities Act by conservative and free-market critics. Her other books include To Ride the Public's Buses: The Fight that Built A Movement (2001); Making News: How to Get News Coverage for Disability Rights Issues (1993) and People with Disabilities Explain It All For You: Your Guide to the Public Accommodations Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1992).
Suzanne C. Levine is founder of National Center on Disability & Journalism (NCDJ) and served as executive director for 10 years until its recent transfer to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. During her time at NCDJ she guest lectured in the journalism classroom, developed curricula and conducted trainings to working journalists. Since the mid-nineties she's been a freelance photographer primarily focusing on the disability civil rights movement. Levine, with Patricia Chadwick, co-produced an award winning video of the disabled women's experience at the 1995 NGO forum on women in Beijing, China (now available on Google video). In 1996, as an outgrowth from her master's creative work project in visual anthropology, she edited the well reviewed book that was nominated for a bay area book award, Volver a Vivir/Return to Life. The book is based at a self-help rehabilitation center in rural Mexico where she also taught basic video production. Her images have been run in numerous disability related publications. Suzanne Levine earned her M.A. in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Psychology from San Diego State University. She completed a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is currently working for the City of San Francisco's Mayor's Office on Disability mapping and analyzing curb ramps and sidewalks.
Sue LoTempio is Director of Custom Content at The Buffalo News in Buffalo NY. In her 20 years at The News, she has served as assistant managing editor, Lifestyle assignment editor and editor of the youth section NeXt, which she created. She has held writing and editing positions at the Niagara Falls (NY) Gazette, the Pleasanton (Calif.) Valley Times and the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. She is a member of the board of the New York State Associated Press Association. She writes and lectures at seminars around the country on how media cover disability and is a columnist for the Poynter Institute.
Simon Minty is an Associate to the Employer's Forum on Disability, (EFD) and Broadcasters and Creative Industries Disability Network (BCIDN) and an advisor to the Equality and Human Right Commission. He works extensively with UK media and has assisted all the major UK broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and Five. His work with them covers representation of disabled people on screen, employment behind the camera and inclusive access to emerging technologies. Simon Minty has been a Partner and Director of Minty & Friend since 2001. He has a Masters in Disability Management at Work and a BSc. (Joint Hons) Philosophy and Sociology. Before Minty & Friend, Simon worked for Barclays Bank for eight years as a trainer. Based in the UK, Simon is an Associate to the Employer's Forum on Disability, (EFD) and Broadcasters and Creative Industries Disability Network (BCIDN) and an advisor to the Equality and Human Right Commission. Simon works extensively with UK media and has assisted all the major UK broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and Five. His work with them covers representation of disabled people on screen, employment behind the camera and inclusive access to emerging technologies. He has produced five training videos including the 'Bigger Picture', 'Just Ask' and 'Independence 2000'. He co-produced and performed in the sell out Edinburgh Fringe comedy show "Abnormally Funny People" in 2005. Simon has personal experience of disability, being of short stature and of limited mobility. He enjoys comedy and has written comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4, Sky and Channel 4. He's been published in various in national and international disability press and appeared on many television programs as a commentator and expert. He is a keen traveller and won the Travel X Travel Writer of the Year 1999 - Best Television Feature for his Channel 4 Travelog programme in China. He has been working in the US and the Asia Pacific region in the last 24 months with international corporations helping them share and utilize their experiences, improve the recruitment of disabled staff, provide more accessible buildings and with DREDF to help enhance inclusion of disabled people in News media.