The BFI’s Disability Screen Advisory Group is made up of a diverse range of D/deaf and disabled film and television professionals.
The Press Reset campaign was the result of a conversation at one of the group’s meetings discussing the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
It was noted that many of the negative consequences of the pandemic for able-bodied film professionals, were in line with everyday issues experienced by their D/deaf and disabled peers.
This led to the aim of the campaign: to inspire authority figures in film and TV to reset practices involving people with disabilities and establish a new, more inclusive normal.
What can you do?
There is an abundance of great talent within the industry and therefore it’s best practice to avoid “cripping up”.
Engage with the D/deaf and disabled and inclusive arts community
Nothing about us without us. For a list of organisations you can connect with, which we will continue to grow and expand see Press Reset resources.
D/deaf and disabled talent targets can be set on and off screen, while paid job opportunities can be offered to help achieve them.
Commit to equal pay so that D/deaf and disabled talent are not expected to give their time or advice for free.
Think about access
Access improvements usually have wider benefits and not all of them cost money. Start by making yourself accessible to D/deaf and disabled artists.
Be an ally and an advocate
Meet new D/deaf and disabled people, connect and amplify talent, create connections and challenge if you feel something is missing or lacking.