Despite calls for diversity and inclusivity within the media industry, disabled and D/deaf people are often left behind. Disabled stories are underrepresented in the film and television industry, and the majority of film criticism (especially online film criticism) is not accessible for blind or D/deaf writers and readers. There are small but crucial steps that platforms can undertake to improve their accessibility, such as alt text for images or captions for video content. Outlets and websites should consult with the disability community so that they can create an inclusive space where disabled people can enjoy and contribute to film criticism. Inaccessibility is not an issue exclusive to the film industry, and all industries, websites, and social media platforms should strive to accommodate disabled people.
I recently launched an initiative to encourage the normalisation of accessibility by consulting with film websites and outlets on ways to incorporate the use of accessibility features on their websites and social media content. I have created guidelines which contain concise explanations, step to step guides, examples, and resources for the application of an array of accessibility features. I am also available to provide personalised accessibility advice for interested organisations and platforms. This can include both practical access for venues or digitised access.
Accessibility should be a priority and not an afterthought. Disabled stories deserve to be reflected, and disabled people should be able to share their opinions and pursue careers in the media industry without any barriers.
I have written accessibility guidelines for Flip Screen, Scratch Cinema, UK Film Review, Seventh Row, Obscur, The Slice, HCMovieReviews, JumpCut Online, TAKE ONE, and Screen Queens. If you would like to find out more, then please visit my contact page.