Frequently Asked Questions About Resources
I want to support your efforts, what can I do?
How do I make... more accessible?
- Ask attendees if any accommodations are needed.
- For in-person meetings/events, use this event accessibility checklist.
- For a more detailed checklist, use the ADA Network’s Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities.
- For virtual events, check out this article on How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community.
- For live captioning, consider 20/20 Captioning.
- For referrals to ASL interpreting agencies that offer in-person or virtual interpreting, contact support@1IN4Coalition.org.
- Add captions or ASL interpretation and image descriptions/alt text to your social media, including videos.
Conversations and scripts?
- Follow our Disability Language Guidelines, avoid ableist words/language, and reach out to Storyline Partners for help with creating authentic content featuring disabled characters.
- Use the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool to help determine if your website is accessible for people using screen readers and other assistive technology.
Where do I find... with disabilities?
Actors or Crew?
- Crewvie, KMR Diversity (Gail Williamson), Performing Arts Studio West, The Miracle Project, Deaf West Theatre, C Talent, Casting Director Cami Patton
Subject Matter Experts?
- Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do I find a ... to rent for production?
How can I improve the way I talk about disabilities?
Where can my organization go to learn more about these issues?
- Check out this TED Talk video where disability rights activist, Stella Young, explains “Inspiration Porn.”
- Watch Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution and Code of the Freaks.
- Read these books: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century edited by Alice Wong; The Pretty One by Keah Brown; No Pity by Joseph Shapiro; and Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma, to name just a few.
- To dive deeper, check out this toolkit “Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film: A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility?” by FWD-Doc.
- We have curated a YouTube Playlist filled with videos about disabilities, by people with those disabilities.
My organization would like more resources about the Deaf community, where do I start?
- The ASL App is a great way to learn basic sign language communication.
- Deaf West Theatre, located in Los Angeles, keeps a list of qualified on-set interpreters, ASL Team interpreters, Pro-Tactile interpreters and ASL Team members.
- For captioning services, we recommend rev.com and 20/20 Captioning.
- Watch this TED Talk or read this New York Times Editorial by Artist Christine Sun Kim. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn’t have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea.
- Watch this TED Talk about growing up Deaf in a community without accessibility.
- Watch this TED Talk, Rhodes Scholar Rachel Kolb — who was born Deaf — shows what is possible through family support and self-belief, and proves that what is assumed about you and what you can actually achieve don’t always match up.
- Watch Haben Girma explain that “people repeatedly refuse to acknowledge I’m blind and this is part of ableism.”
My organization would like more resources about the Blind/Low-Vision community, where do I start?
- Find audio description services from Insightful Visions Media (run by blind professionals) or Audio Description Network Alliance’s list of available talent.
- Learn more about audio description from this public Facebook group or these interviews with blind and sighted audio description talents and advocates.
- Check out the more than 5000+ titles that have audio descriptions available.
My organization would like more resources about the neurodiverse community, where do I start?
- Learn more about appropriate language, terms and definitions surrounding neurodiversity.
- Read about the impact of Pixar’s first non-verbal character.
- Read these books: The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida and Beyond the Wall by Stephen Shore.
- Watch this video to learn about the experiences of eight autistic actors cast to play an autism support group on Atypical.
- For insight from an on-set consultant and advocate, reach out to Elaine Hall.
I think you're missing an important resource, how can I share it?
Email support@1IN4Coalition.org. We would love to consider your addition.
I have a disability and want to work in Hollywood. Where do I begin?
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