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ACCESS

WHAT WE DO

In the world of entertainment and media, we have workplaces, sets, stages and venues in which we want to encourage and develop talented people, and to which we want to attract audiences.

By using premises that are not accessible, for casting, performance or production, physical and other barriers prevent disabled talent being considered, becoming known to casting directors and productions, and being portrayed more frequently onscreen or stage

Owners and employers have a duty under the law to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people to participate in work, but access isn’t all about buildings. Our disabled members deserve more systematic effort to utilise their talents and versatility in a variety of parts and roles. See our inclusive casting policy for how Equity is taking action on this.

Not all disabilities are experienced in the same way by everyone so we must learn about the different ways we can remove unnecessary barriers. Talk to disabled people themselves about what their working requirements are, and look online for free information. 

WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN DO

➢   Use accessible casting spaces and let other people know about them

Do…. Ensure that auditions are accessible for disabled actors.

Why? By using premises that are not accessible, physical barriers prevent disabled talent being considered, becoming known to casting directors and productions, and being portrayed more frequently onscreen or stage for disabled audience members to relate to.

Do....  ensure that wherever possible you use disabled actors for disabled roles, and consult with disabled people so that any portrayal of a disabled character is authentic.

Some companies and organisations also provide access audits if you can afford them –The Centre for Accessible Environments offers a checklist you can use to help you make your spaces accessible.

Access to Work should provide funds to support disabled people to do their jobs. Equity supports the campaign Stop Changes to Access to Work and encourages everyone to do so.

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