Media Declaration

Disabled people are insufficiently represented in media output and the number of disabled people employed in the sector is generally very low.  Without doubt the mass media has a significant impact on society and a major role to play in promoting a shift in attitudes and the way society looks at disability.  Disabled people represent a vast audience that is currently inadequately catered for, and the media industry will therefore gain from addressing this issue more effectively. 

This declaration has been prepared and adopted at the European Congress on “Media and Disability” held in Athens on 13-14 June, 2003 by over 300 participants from different parts of the media, media networks, advertising and communication companies, organizations of disabled people and representatives of EU Member States. It is adopted within the framework of the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003, and follows the common vision established in the Madrid Declaration.

The representatives at the European Congress on Media and Disability declare that they will: 

and they will take this back to their individual organisations for discussion and endorsement.

Suggested ways in which the above aims can be achieved:

As a result of this congress and to take forward the declaration, a committee will be set up by the European Disability Forum, in cooperation with European and national media and advertising organisations. The membership of the committee will be established by October 2003.

Organisations are encouraged to endorse this declaration. 

For further information, please contact EDF: Helena González-Sancho; Communication Officer; Tel: 00 32 2 282 46 04; Fax: 00 32 2 282 46 09; e-mail: