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Best Practices Documents/Toolkits

Examine how disabled Americans have been othered or excluded from representation in film and on television, complete with data that demonstrate their on- and off-screen marginalization. Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media 

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view of compliance and best practices.

The FWD-Doc Engagement Pack focuses on the processes of collaboration and audience engagement in documentary filmmaking, particularly with a view to social impact. Download the FWD-Doc Engagement Pack.

A list of recommended guides, practices, and resources from FWD-DOC. This includes ASL and captioning info and services, audio descriptions, and general accessibility.

Check out 10 ways to start supporting accessibility. Add the A to DEIA.

Frequently asked questions about resources from 1IN4 Coalition.

Take a look at IDA’s Nonfiction Access Initiative Mission and Shared Values for participation. Nonfiction Access Initiative Listserv

1IN4 hopes the role of Access Coordinator becomes a standard position in the film industry. Check out the video of 1IN4's Access Coordinator Role.

Read about the 10 Principles of Disability Justice from Sins Invalid.

Studies/Data Research Reports

EFAD and EURIMAGES Diversity and Inclusion Mapping- A work in progress covering discrimination (as defined by EU article 21 on non-discrimination.)

EFAD and Eurimages Diversity and Inclusion Strategy -gives a sense of the current situation in EU film // public funding bodies.

"The Disability and Film-making Community in Film Practice-As-Research: The Case of “We Make Film" - Shweta Ghosh chapter in a volume on Community Media in India published in 2021. A potential starting point for participatory ways to engage the community - a methodology that uses filmmaking as the research process and outcome, thereby developing concrete outcomes for participant and researcher

Film Festivals

Film Event Accessibility Scorecard

Accessibility Issues Are Preventing Disabled Attendees From Participating Fully at Film Festivals 

Hollywood Disability Rights Groups Call on Cannes to Increase Accessibility

Disability and Film Festivals: The Secret and the Not-So-Secret Complacencies


Captions/Transcripts/ASL/CART Resources

Captions (called “subtitles” in some areas) provide content to people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Captions are a text version of the speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the content. Learn how to make Audio and Video Media Accessible Captions.

Basic transcripts are a text version of the speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the content. Descriptive transcripts also include text description of the visual information needed to understand the content. Learn how to make Audio and Video Media Accessible Transcripts.

Sign languages use hand and arm movements, facial expressions, and body positions to convey meaning. For many people who are Deaf, sign language is their native language, and some do not understand written language well. Learn how to make Audio and Video Media Accessible Sign Language.

For resources on creating FCC and ADA compliant captions, visit FCC vs. ADA Caption Requirements.

Watch Christine Sun Kim’s Creative Approach to Descriptive Captioning, Artist Christine Sun Kim Rewrites Closed Captions.

Download resources from University of South Carolina at Chapel Hill describing the different types of transcripts and what audiences they benefit from the Digital Accessibility Office.

For resources for various Deaf production-related services, including captions and ASL translation, fill out the DPAN Accessible Production Services Request Form.

Learn how to make links accessible with New York State Education Department. Accessible hypertext links are one of the most important aspects for accessible web pages and documents.

Films/Film Lists

'Crip Camp' Celebrates a Disability Revolution

FWD-DOC Suggested Films

Code of Freaks

Organizations that Support Creatives with Disabilities

The Divas with Disabilities Project

Fwd-Doc Documentary Filmmakers With Disabilities

1IN4 Coalition



Leonardo CripTech Incubator

United States Artists

Morpheyes Studio

Sick In Quarters

Sins Invalid

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge


Inevitable Foundation

New York Women In Film & Television


Thinkpiece Articles

Disrupting the “empathy machine”: The power and perils of virtual reality in addressing social issues

Cripping Media Art Ecologies

Into the “Museum of Austerity”


Elevate for Podcasters Program

The Heumann Perspective

What’s Up with Docs Podcast Lindsey Dryden & Day Al-Mohamed “Say My Name”

What’s Up with Docs Podcast Matt Lauterbach, Grishma Shah, and Reveca Torres “My Future”

ReFramed - Disability in Media

The Disability And...

Accessibility Beyond and Behind the Screen

Proud Stutter