I fully agree that disability representation needs to be improved across the TV industry. However, I would like to see this done on merit of a disabled person’s qualifications. Not, as the BBC reportedly suggested last week, simply because a person is disabled.
So, in order to do this on merit of qualification, I believe we would need to encourage disabled people to study relevant subjects at school, college and university, and achieve relevant qualifications in these subjects. So it would be important to make all relevant subjects fully accessible to children and young people with all disabilities at all levels of education.
Creative industry bodies are calling for the TV industry to “urgently look into” improving the representation of disabled people in response to figures showing fewer than half as many disabled people work in TV compared to the wider workforce.
The Creative Diversity Network, whose members include the…
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