Despite years of progress, the media’s coverage of people with disabilities and the issues pertinent to us all too often remains condescending. Instead of investigating and reporting on disability news, reporters get lost in warmhearted, patronizing platitudes. The coverage of two recent events — the death of physicist Stephen Hawking and the Pyeongchang Paralympics — provided contrasting examples of the good and the bad of mainstream coverage.

Stephen Hawking’s Death

When Stephen Hawking died March 14, the world’s media outlets were awas