Two people are operating a large camera. A person is standing in front of them holding a clapper board.

New network to champion diversity on Australian screens

August 8, 2017

Collaboration is a powerful force in achieving change, especially the inclusion of people with disability.  The launch of a new Australian network will advocate for greater diversity and inclusion on... Read More

A flight of stairs with the image of a wheelchair projected on to them.

New film traces disability and activism

July 25, 2017

The battle for positive portrayal and attitudes towards disability is not new. In fact, it has been going on for many decades, taking its part in the great protest movements... Read More

A person is pictured from the neck up and smiling at the camera. The words "Employable Me", "neurodiverse conditions can bring creativity, innovation and real brilliance to the workplace" and "Nancy Doyle" are displayed.

New TV series follows disability employment challenges

July 18, 2017

We might think that most of the employment challenges faced by disabled job seekers are related to access to buildings, facilities, equipment and other physical barriers. A new Australian TV... Read More

Two people that appear to be from CALD backgrounds stand in front of several Red Dog posters on a wall. One person is patting a dog that is sitting on a podium in front of the posters. There is also a dog at their feet.

Access All Areas disability film festival

July 12, 2017

Film Festivals are now embracing people with disability, especially starting to include features such as captioning, audio description, quiet sessions, as well as accessible programs. The Access All Areas Film Festival... Read More

Two wheelchair users are pictured from behind. They are laughing.

The magnificent seven – adopting the BBC’s diversity approach

July 10, 2017

The Attitude Foundation wants more people with disability on television. We are big fans of quotas, measuring the impact and ensuring that approaches are most than just tokenistic. How do... Read More

A scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. An image of one person of short stature is repeated to make it appear that there are six "Ompa loompa's" standing in a row.

Should all the disabled roles go to disabled actors?

June 27, 2017

With only 4% of characters in Australian dramas having an impairment or experiencing disability, compared to 18% of the Australian population living with disability, there are clearly not many roles... Read More

Six people are peering through a doorway. Four of the people are wearing white overalls and white hats. One person is wearing a red hat and one person is wearing a blue shirt and no hat. Each person has a different expression.

Disability is now a (film festival) winner

June 23, 2017

Film festivals are starting to feature disability streams and sessions, including this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Attitude Foundation director, and film buff, Dominique Antarakis, checked out the disability offerings, including a... Read More

Two images side by side. On the left is an image of a person wearing a safety suit and helmet while seated cross legged and hovering above the ground. They appears to be an extreme sporting venue. To the right is the same person. We can now identify them as a person with disability. They are in a gymnasium wearing activewear and seated in the same position as in the first image.

People with disability do not make a story inspirational

June 19, 2017

Too often we find television coverage of “inspirational” people with disability who “overcome” their impairment and manage to do “extraordinary” things, like climb mountains. Worse still, people with disability who... Read More

A close up of a person with disability holding a Malteser.

Can TV advertising change attitudes?

June 6, 2017

Television advertising is all around us and the viewing evidence is that it is not including people with disabilities. Advertising executives often regard their industry as edgy and breaking new... Read More

A person pictured from behind while on a treadmill. The words "benefit cheat filmed working out"' are displayed.

Not disabled enough: Invisible disability on TV

May 30, 2017

It’s important to have disabled characters on TV to reflect the diversity of society and to provide well-rounded characters that are not just solely their disability. But what if they... Read More

A person with Down Syndrome plays the violin.

ANZ event supports drive to produce Attitude Foundation pilot episode

May 23, 2017

The Attitude Foundation’s Founding Sponsor ANZ held an information and fundraising event at its Melbourne Docklands headquarters on 22 May as part of its support of the Foundation’s drive to... Read More

Two teenagers are in what appears to be a TV set livingroom. One person is leaning on a couch and the other is using a wheelchair.

Disability on TV – the UK experience

May 20, 2017

Ordinarily, media organisations compete with one another, but in Britain, they are collaborating because of their shared belief that media should reflect the richness and diversity of society, and provide... Read More

The same Toyota car advertisement is pictured side by side. Two people stand either side of a red car. In the image on the left one of the people is a tall person wearing red overalls. In the image on the right, a tall person with Down Syndrome stands in place of the person in the other image.

Inclusive marketing feature of major conference

May 18, 2017

The inclusion of people with disabilities as models and actors in marketing and promotion is slowly growing, with companies such as Target, Kmart and Aldi featuring disabled models in catalogues.... Read More

A person wearing glasses is pictured fro the chest up and gazing out to the left of screen. Their picture is layered on top of another image of a person using crutches and standing in front of a pink building. The words "A short film, Amy Marks, 20", "National youth week" and "SBS" are displayed.

Amy Marks and her film about disability identity

May 16, 2017

Amy Marks is a film student at the University of Victoria. Earlier this year she was chosen as one of five winners in a SBS film contest centred around Youth... Read More

Two people are seated in front of a grey backdrop in what appears to be a TV studio. One person is a wheelchair user. The words "Dr George Taleporos" and "Melbourne" are displayed next to the wheelchair user who is on the left. The words "Dani Detoro" and "Melbourne" are displayed next to the person on the right.

ABC TV show deals directly with disability stereotypes

May 9, 2017

The best way to shatter disability stereotypes is to let people with disability do it. The ABC television series You Can’t Ask That provides a forum for doing just that. The... Read More