Portrayal of people with a disability is a growing area of interest for researchers, bloggers, advertisers, television organisations, production companies, disability associations and people with disabilities. This section provides a range of links, contacts and useful resources and is arranged under headings relating to the main sections of the website.
- If you need some help on how is the best way to talk about and involve people with disabilities our Attitude Foundation guidelines for content writers are a good starting point.
- Our annual reports and other corporate documents are in the About Us section
Disability in the media
- International advocacy and research into media portrayal of people with disabilities Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment
- Commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation, Murder coverage of people with disabilities by their caregivers is an analysis of the media reporting of over 200 murder cases involving people with disabilities in North America between 2011-2015.
- From Alison Wilde’s 2007 study of disability in UK soap operas that disabled characters tend to act as a counterpoint and reference point for normal characters and that disability is usually involved in a melodramatic way that emphasises difference.
Disability on TV
- BBC major study Disabling Prejudice from 2003 showed that some genres, such as gardening, cooking, quiz and DIY shows have very few disabled people appearing.
- 2017 UK panel discussion hosted by the Royal Television Society Where Have All the Disabled People Gone?
- Screen Australia research showing 4% of characters in Australian drama have a visible disability
- Annual US research looking at diversity on TV including people with disabilities
- American association representing and advocating for people with invisible disabilities Invisible Disabilities Association.
Disability and advertising
- Starting with Julius – a great Australian website looking at disability inclusion in advertising, run by one of our directors Catia Malaquias
- Videos of reworked TV commercials featuring people with Down syndrome for national campaign from Italian organisation CoorDown in conjunction with advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
Can television change attitudes?
- The UK’s Creative Diversity Network (CDN) champions increased diversity, including people with disabilities, on TV and other media.
- Media Diversity Australia looking at increasing diversity in Australian media, including disability
- Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network an Australian version of CDN launched in August 2017.
- A report from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School highlighting the need for diversity, especially in the production industry.
- Access All Areas film festival features films about disability made by people with disability. It tours across four states and territories starting in November 2017.
- Project Open Doors is a program by Griffith University (Queensland) looking at how journalists portray people with disability.
- Australian award-winning young filmmaker, Amy Marks’ film about disability identity and the stereotyped representation of people with disabilities as being either tragic or inspirational.
- 20 years, 20 stories – a series of stories about people with disability commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.
- Bus Stop Films – an Australian production company that trains and uses people with disabilities as part of its production crew.
- Attitude Pictures New Zealand – production company that tells stories about people with disability in New Zealand
The News section features up-to-date information, opinion and commentary on media portrayal of people with disabilities, the Foundation and related issues.