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Disability by Design: Representation in TV.

Van Raalte, C., Wallis, R. and Pekalski, D., 2021. Disability by Design: Representation in TV. Technical Report. Poole, England: Bournemouth University.

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This report focuses on the key findings of a survey conducted in the Spring of 2021 among deaf and disabled people working in the UK’s television industry. Quantitative and qualitative data from 223 respondents reveals a range of systemic barriers and discriminatory behaviours that deaf and disabled people regularly face. Multiple specific examples provide shocking insight into aspects of the lived experience of this under-represented group. The general levels of ignorance reflected in the behaviours and attitudes that our respondents describe suggests that mandatory training is urgently needed, particularly among those with management and recruitment responsibilities. The report highlights the extent to which employers are failing to take seriously their legal obligations under the Equalities Act 2010, and makes a number of practical suggestions for how the UK’s television industry might move beyond well-intentioned mission statements and short-lived ‘initiatives’.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Equality ; Discrimination
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:35896
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:11 Aug 2021 08:38
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:29


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