A Matter of Dignity tells the story of adults who spend their days collecting trash for $2 an hour and who have been sent against their will to live in remote, dangerous group homes that are described as prison-like.
Reporter Chris Serres accepted the award of $5,000 at the Cronkite School last night.
One of the judges, Jennifer Longdon, said the series was chosen for "its exhaustive chronicling of the experience of adults with disabilities in Minnesota, from the indignities of sheltered workshops to the hopeless years-long wait for vital services that never arrive. These memorable stories were masterfully told while preserving the dignity of the individuals profiled."
The Schneider Award is the only journalism awards competition devoted exclusively to disability reporting. It's administered at the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.