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

Six people are on a stage addressing an audience. Three people are wheelchair users. One person is standing and is possibly a sign language interpreter.

UK panel discusses disability on TV


April 17, 2017


A major panel discussion on the portrayal and inclusion of people with disabilities on British TV was hosted by the Royal Television Society this month. Titled Where have all the disabled... Read More

Two people stand in a graffitied alleyway in front of a police car. One person is a police officer, the other is a reporter. The reporter is holding a microphone. There is a camera to the left of screen and caution tape across the entire image saying "Police line do not cross".

Research into media portrayal of disability murders reveal stereotypes


April 11, 2017


A major American research study lead by David Perry, disability rights journalist and history professor, reviewed media coverage of murders of people with disabilities and found that the reporting of... Read More

A person with long brown hair and limb difference on their right arm stands to the left of the image, facing the camera. The words "BBC weather" and "Lucy Martin" are displayed to the right of the screen. The background is cloudy.

6 ways that TV could be more inclusive of disability


March 30, 2017


The Attitude Foundation is addressing the realistic portrayal of people with disability in television shows. We have selected 6 easy ways that could be adopted by Australian (and other) television... Read More

Six people are crossing a crosswalk. The person on the far right is a wheelchair user. The image resembles the Beetles iconic Abbey Road cover. The word "Speechless" is displayed at the top right.

Speechless on Australian TV with disability upfront and in centre


March 27, 2017


One of the key issues that the Attitude Foundation is addressing is the realistic portrayal of people with disability in television shows. The inclusion of the American situation comedy Speechless on Channel... Read More