Image: A blind woman with dark hair in a bob, wearing a purple dress and chunky necklace. She is standing by a window, with her cute black guide dog at her feet.
Contact Michelle: michelle.mcquigge at thecanadianpress.com
I am a reporter with the Canadian Press, Canada's national wire service that provides original news content to most major media outlets in the country. Think of it as Canada's equivalent of the Associated Press, with whom we have a reciprocal content-sharing arrangement. Over my 11-year career here, I have slowly been able to ramp up coverage of disability rights and accessibility issues in Canada. Due to the nature of the wire service, I concentrate on systemic issues with broader provincial or national implications more often than strictly local stories. As a person with a disability myself, I strive for sensitivity and inclusion in my coverage without sacrificing balance or journalistic integrity.
I also make regular appearances on Accessible Media Inc., a national network geared towards the disabled community. I co-hosted AMI Audio's panel discussion show, "Open Dialogue," which took a weekly deep dive into disability-related topics.
You can find Michelle on Twitter @mich_mcq
Canadian Press, July 2017: Guide dog users, providers say proposed rules disregard needs of visually impaired
Canadian Press, May 2017: Policy that bars passport offices from helping disabled applicants under review
AMI, April 2017: Homelessness and Disability (Audio, closed captions)
Michelle is available for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent), French (Spoken), Two-Hand Sign Language for the Deafblind (Basic)