Questions and answers for (and about) Disability News Wire. If you have a question, ask us, and we’ll do our best to answer you.

Questions and Answers

  • What about Copyright?

    The original authors and sites retain all rights to their material (text, images, etc.). We do retain a copy of the text and images where possible to avoid creating extra traffic on the author’s web site. If you believe that there is a copyright violation, contact the originating site as well as us.

  • Does Disability News Wire Scrape Sites?

    No. (NO!) We only publish content that a site has added to its RSS feed or that individuals have directly provided for us to post. The RSS feed typically includes a title, some links, and content that the site has chosen to include in their feed.

    We do know that some people and organizations do not know or intend that their sites are published in this manner. We’ll remove any site from our feed on the direction of the site owner or article author. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

  • How does Disability News Wire work?

    Disability News Wire brings together public, published information feeds from blogs, podcasts, video channels, and other web sites (typically using an RSS feed) that we’ve found or that have been recommended to us that are by disable creators or about disability issues.

    Articles come to us in three ways:

    1. People fill out a contact form and suggest content for us to post.
    2. People write for us.
    3. We are always on the lookout for interesting work by disabled creators and about disability issues. If we find a public feed for it, we add it to Disability News Wire and, as soon as we can, contact the site.. or vice versa (if we haven’t contacted you yet, please contact us).


  • What is RSS?

    RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

    From Wikipedia:

    RSS (RDF Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication)[2] is a web feed[3] that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format. These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. The news aggregator will automatically check the RSS feed for new content, allowing the list to be automatically passed from website to website or from website to user. This passing of content is called web syndication. Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, or episodes of audio and video series. RSS is also used to distribute podcasts. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”,[4] or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.