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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for additional resources and information that we can include.
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.
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 have put together a guide ‘Inclusive language: words to use and avoid when writing about disability’. Read more here.
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.
JOBS, TRAINING & MENTORING SCHEMES
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 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.
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.
PRODUCTION AND TALENT
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.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.
GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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 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: Social Media as a Communication Tool for Disabled People