On Thursday, 26 October 2017, in Novi Sad, Heror Media Pont – with the support of the local government, the City of Novi Sad – organizes a conference under the label Reachable Communication Forms in the Europe College, with its main theme being the communication problems of handicapped, as well as their struggles and issues in everyday life. The goal is to give answers to question which were not really dealt by our society in the near past.
As it is well-known, national minorities form twenty percent of our society. People living with some kind of handicap form ten percent of our society. If someone is part of both of these minority groups, life can be quite complicated and hard.
In connection with the conference, on the web site of Magyar Szó, we offered a questionnaire to our readers and asked them to tell us about their knowledge of handicapped communication, as well as to tell us about their viewpoint of media availability to the handicapped, to share with us some personal experiences, if any. We were looking forward to reactions from the younger generation, and find the results quite pleasing, as the number of people below 25 equals the number of people over 25. Both genders were also equally represented.
On the question of how they get informed, 41 percent does this through social media. 20 percent read the on-line paper, 20 percent watch TV, 13 percent from all the media and 6 percent from printed media. As for information received on their mother tongue, 49 percent are satisfied, 36 percent are reserved, more or less satisfied, while 15 percent are unsatisfied with media on their native language.
One of the questions was on the topic of being up to date, whether people follow the news in order to know the latest information. Almost half of the questionees, 46 percent, only partly follow the news, 43 percent do this regularly, while the remaining percent do not find such things interesting.
Readers are not completely satisfied with the amount of information aimed towards youth: 43 percent think that satisfactory topics and articles are only found at specific places, 30 percent think that there are enough articles everywhere, while 27 percent think there aren’t any.
Concerning questions dealing with disability issues, one of them asked how many handicapped persons does the questionnee know. 63 percent know a few persons, 30 percent know none, while 7 percent only one. The questionnees agreed upon one thing: 80 percent think that handicapped persons have difficulties finding adequate media in order to get informed. The rest of the questionnees did not have a definite standpoint. Readers find television as the most reachable for the disabled, after that are the Internet, radio and printed media. Lastly, 82 percent of the questionnees had no prejudices concerning handicapped people, 41 percent enjoy their company, while 31 percent still say that they feel uncomfortable when meeting a handicapped person for the first time.
The results of this questionnaire will also be one of the topics on the conference in Novi Sad.