TIME’S UP Joins Call for Employment and Authentic Representation of Disabled People in Hollywood

Entertainment, Equity

Washington, D.C. – TIME’S UP has joined 1 IN 4, an intersectional coalition of disabled creatives working in Hollywood, in calling for long-term institutional shifts to increase employment and authentic representation of the disabled community on screen, behind the camera, and in the media.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation, provided the following statement:

“In the United States, 25% of the adult population has a visible or invisible disability. But, even though one in four people have a disability, they are missing in our films and television shows, they are not represented in creative, production, and vendor positions, and their stories are not told in the press. 

“Diverse workplaces are safer and healthier workplaces, which is exactly why TIME’S UP is proud to join 1 IN 4 to ensure that everyone is represented and included. It is time for Hollywood to be accessible for all people and more accurately reflect the world we live in, on screen and off.”

Additional Background on 1 IN 4 Campaign

1 IN 4 recently sent a letter to its Hollywood colleagues, challenging them to set new standards by: 

  • Adding the “A” into Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA);
  • Adding disability – visible and invisible – to their company’s definition of Diversity and DEIA requirements;
  • Employing Disabled people in all levels of corporate, creative, production, and vendor positions; 
  • Asking talent representatives to work with and advocate for Disabled artists; 
  • Tracking and disclosing annual percentages of Disabled people hired and represented by your company and working on your productions;
  • Requiring an Accessibility Coordinator for every production; and 
  • Creating content featuring authentic and intersectional storylines about Disability by and with Disabled people.

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