October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which was established in 1988 to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In this issue of The Daily Californian, we hope to shed light on these individuals in the Berkeley community. Every page of this paper is dedicated to telling their stories.
This issue features a wide range of topics, from inaccessible housing accommodations to the portrayal of mental health disabilities in films. Still, this captures just a fraction of the experiences that individuals with disabilities in our community have.
We at the Daily Cal acknowledge that there is more we can do as a publication to make our content accessible. Much of our visual content is inaccessible to vision-impaired individuals. Currently, we are working to ensure that all of our online visuals contain alternative text. We are also institutionalizing efforts to caption our multimedia and video content.
But this is not enough. Increasing the accessibility of our content is an ongoing process that we are fully committed to. This is just the first step.
Harini Shyamsundar is the editor in chief and president, Chantelle Lee is the managing editor and Victoria Do is the creative director. Contact them at [email protected] and follow The Daily Californian on Twitter at @dailycal.
A previous version of this editors’ note incorrectly stated that November is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In fact, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.