As a public speaker and writer, I am always looking for good photos for presentations and articles I write on this website. What do I mean by “good”?
I look for images that reflect what I’m trying to say, add to the story, amplify the message. And I look for images that don’t perpetuate or contribute to stereotypes of what types of people do what types of activities.
As a disability rights lawyer, I search for images of disabled people that are respectful and demonstrate that people with disabilities work and play like their non-disabled peers. I also look for pictures that reflect the racial diversity of disabled people. Far too many stock photo searches of “disability” turn up white patients, a vast majority of children, and other images that scream “not independent”
The image I’ve chosen for this post is from Disabled and Here, a free stock photo site “celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC).”
It’s part of the list list posted here of sites I’ve found that offer the kinds of images I’m looking for. (Not every site meets my needs every time.) You can also find images on standard sites like PixaBay, Google Images, [...]