Disability and Accessibility Resources

We have put together a list of resources which we hope are useful for people with disabilities and for those wanting to learn more about Disability and accessibility.

We are aware that this is not an exhaustive list of information and resources. At WFTV we are always striving to learn more and do more to be more inclusive. Please get in touch with us at admin@wftv.org.uk if you have any suggestions for additional resources and information that we can include.

WORKPLACE RESOURCES

CULTURAL LEARNING ALLIANCE

Cultural Learning Alliance have put together 7 principles that offer practical guidance to arts and cultural organisations to support disabled artists, audiences, visitors, participants and employees as creative work begins again and as venues re-open. Find the document here.

CLOSED CAPTIONS ON ZOOM

Zoom have provided a video and written directions on how to put closed captions onto Zoom, including requirements and step-by-step instructions. Find the directions here.

EQUITY

Equity’s Guide to Good Practice with BSL in the Arts is a guide by Equity that represents an opportunity for the entertainment industry to make sure its working practices are as inclusive as possible, and meet the needs of D/deaf actors and the wider D/deaf community. Find the guide here.

GOV.UK

Gov.uk have put together a guide ‘Inclusive language: words to use and avoid when writing about disability’. Read more here.

REEMPLOY

Reemploy have put together disability awareness factsheets for various disabilities and health conditions so employers can understand them more and put in place adjustments which can make a huge difference. Find the resources here.

SCREENSKILLS

ScreenSkills provide a range of Masterclasses and resources on accessibility and disability - find their library here.

JOBS, TRAINING & MENTORING SCHEMES

104 FILMS

104 films is the UK's leading Production Company and training provider focussing on disability. They provide training schemes, short film programmes and initiatives for disabled film talent. Find out more information here.

4TALENT

4Talent run a variety of programmes to help those wanting to kick-start their career in the media industry and to also support those who may wish to change areas. Find out more here.

BBC’S EXTEND HUB

The BBC’s Extend Hub is similar to the BBC Careers Hub but is a specialised recruitment portal exclusively for disabled people. Find out more here.

EVENBREAK

Evenbreak is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects people with disabilities to inclusive employers, helps disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills and promotes the business benefits of employing disabled people. Head to their website here.

EMPLYABILITY

EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities. Find out more here.

LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY

Leonard Cheshire Disability run a programme of Summer internships called Change 100 once a year, where they aim to unlock the untapped potential of students and graduates with disabilities. Applications closed on 7 January 2021 but will reopen later this year. Find out more here.

LOVING YOUR WORK

Loving Your Work is an online private Facebook group for TV and Film employers to post paid jobs for experienced TV and Film professionals. To join the group head here.

MY PLUS STUDENTS CLUB

My Plus Students Club is a network which provides job opportunities for graduates with disabilities in the Banking, Legal, Media and Retail industries, amongst others. Head to their website here.

PRODUCTION AND TALENT

ANDREW ROACH TALENT

Andrew Roach Talent provides a personal, dedicated talent management service to clients in the broadcast and entertainment industries. They are passionate about representing diverse talent and promoting equal opportunities for all. Find out more here.

BEACON FILMS

Beacon Films is an award-winning production organisation based in Newcastle Upon Tyne  for filmmakers with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs. Find out more here.

CAROUSEL

Carousel are an award-winning charity supporting learning disabled people to achieve their artistic ambitions, enabling them to become leaders in their field and gain recognition for their work. Find out more here.

FWD-DOC

FWD-Doc: Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities are a group of filmmakers with disabilities (FWDs) working in documentary film, along with their allies, seeking to increase the visibility of, support for, and direct access to opportunities, networks and employment for D/deaf and disabled filmmakers. Find out more here.

LITTLE BY LITTLE FILMS

Little By Little Films is a boutique independent production company, founded by Lindsey Dryden, based in Gloucestershire, producing feature length and short films and working with authentic voices to tell unexpected and intimate stories by and about LGBTQ people, women, and D/deaf and disabled people. Find out more here.

PROFILE PERFORMERS

Profiler Performers is a video database of D/deaf and disabled actors, hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre, for use by casting directors and other professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries. More information here.

SCATTERED PICTURES

Scattered Pictures is a broadcast media production company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, creating scripted comedy, drama and factual content and promoting diverse talent from the North East of England. Find out more here.

ZEBEDEE MANAGEMENT

Zebedee Management is specialist talent agency created to increase the representation of people who until now have been excluded in the media, including people with disabilities or alternative appearances and trans/non binary. For more information, go here.

NETWORKING

ABILITYE

abilityE is a free platform for performers with disabilities to connect with entertainment studios. Join here. 

ASIAN DISABILITY NETWORK

Asian Disability Network is a support platform around disability and how this is navigated within Asian ethnic and cultural identity.  Find out more here.

ASIAN PEOPLE'S DISABILITY ALLIANCE

APDA Asian People’s Disability Alliance has been providing culturally sensitive support and services to London’s disabled communities for over 30 years. Find out more here.

BECTU'S DISABLED MEMBER'S NETWORK

Bectu’s Disabled Members’ Network provides information and support to the union’s disabled members. More information here.

DADAFEST

DaDaFest develop and showcase excellent disability and d/Deaf arts through a multi-art form artistic programme. This programme includes high quality festivals, interventions, events and a year-round programme of engagement work with young disabled and d/Deaf people, their families and wider community. Find out more here.

DISABLED ARTISTS NETWORKING COMMUNITY

Disabled Artists Networking Community (DANC) is a regular networking event for established/professional artists and performers (of any art form) that have a disability. Find out more here.

DISABLED PEOPLE IN TV

Disabled People in TV is a safe online space for disabled television professionals across all genres to connect with like-minded folk, share job opportunities and to ask for & share advice and guidance.  They do not allow non-disabled people entry to the group, but can help with recommendations, advice or support on how to bring in and cultivate disabled talent or share jobs and schemes.  You can email them on disabledpeopleintv@gmail.com and there is a link to the Facebook group here.

OSKA BRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

Oska Bright Film Festival is the world's biggest learning disability film festival. Featuring films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or Asperger’s, along with promoting accessible screenings, running training for venues and developing skills for aspiring filmmakers. Find out more here.

PARA DANCE UK

Para Dance UK is a charity and the national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK, aiming to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the country. Find out more here.

SOHO MEDIA CLUB

Soho Media Club is a member network designed to advocate collaboration, inclusion and diversity across media production, post-production and distribution. Find out more here.

TAPE COMMUNITY MUSIC AND FILM

TAPE Community Music and Film is a community arts charity which specialises in presenting projects and opportunities which fully support people of all ages to explore their creative ideas and ambitions. Find out more here.

GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The Government provides help for people with disabilities including Personal Independence Payment, Carer’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance. Find out more here.

CHARITIES

CARERS UK

Carers UK give carers expert advice, information and support. They also campaign and innovate to find better ways to reach and support carers. Find out more here.

CAROUSEL

Carousel is an award-winning charity supporting learning disabled people to achieve their artistic ambitions, enabling them to become leaders in their field and gain recognition for their work. Find out more here.

DISABILITY GRANTS

Disability Grants provide information on various grants for the Disabled people. Find out more here

DISABILITY RIGHTS UK

Disability Rights UK is the leading charity of its kind in the UK. We are run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. We work with our members to influence national policy on independent living, benefits, education, employment, transport, human rights and other issues - shaping policy through direct experience and expertise.  They also work with our local individual and organisation members to empower and to influence local policy and services. Find out more information here.

ARTICLES AND PODCASTS

AS ME WITH SINÉAD

As Me With Sinéad – Listen to Academic, TED alum, fashion enthusiast, and advocate Sinéad Burke lead candid conversations with diverse and notable guests who explain what it’s like to be them. Go here for Sinéad’s episode with BAFTA award-winning actress Ruth Madeley.

BFI 'UNLIMITED: DISABILITY ON SCREEN'

BFI ‘Unlimited: Disability on Screen’ examine the portrayal of disability on British screens across the last century. See more here.

DISABILITY HORIZONS

Disability Horizons have written an article 'What do you think of how people with disabilities are portrayed in films and on TV?' Read the article here.

EVERYONE CAN

Everyone Can: Social Media as a Communication Tool for Disabled People

MEDIA TRUST

Media Trust have written an article ‘Reframing Disability in News’ . Read the article here.