Blatt's storytelling truths
People have the right to tell
their own story.
People have the right to have
true stories told.
People have the right to artfully
and skillfully told stories that affirm their value.
People have the right to withhold participation in another's story about them.
Professionals must be especially vigilant because they always have their own versions to "sell".
We must all distrust bad or destructive stories.
People have the right to communicate their story in various ways (augmented, behaviorally, with assistance, through an advocate, in writing, by sign language and in innumerable other forms)
Those about whom stories are told have:
TO TELL RESPECTFUL STORIES OF
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
Nothing About Us, Without Us!
The team at Tell the Valued Story is made up of self-advocates, writers, journalists, and storytellers with expertise in print and film. With a rich background of embracing the idea that disability rights are human rights, we believe in eradicating stereotypes, challenging the purported images of people with disabilities in the public sphere, as well as inside human service bureaucracies. We aim to collaborate with media of all types and sizes, from the agency brochure to the front-page news story in order to realize full inclusion and equal access to work and community.
OUR STORY AUDITORS
Let our Story Auditors, with lived-experience and trained in social role valorization principles, provide you feedback on stories, articles, videos, and agency communications such as newsletters, brochures, and fundraising efforts. This is the first step in ensuring that people with disabilities are portrayed with dignity and respect, with a focus on the person, not labels.