Face masks, video games, and Hollywood – Disability in the news

Wearing face coverings on public transport in England is, for now, the new reality.

But, where are all the transparent face masks?

Given we are using video platforms (Teams, Zoom, Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate etc.), more and more in our day-to-day life, it’s important that we are aware the platforms’ accessibility features.

As a selection tool in recruitment, whether online psychometric tests and game-based assessments are genuinely accessible, is up for debate. This video game has drawn attention in the news for its efforts around accessibility:

There certainly seems to be a problem stemming from the underrepresentation of disabled actors in TV and films. Too often when disabled actors do appear in TV programmes and films, they are playing a role that centres on their disability. Surely, disabled actors ought to also be appearing in roles where the fact they have a disability is neither here nor there.

Sometimes an actor who doesn’t have a disability is cast to portray a character who does have a disability. This has long been identified as an issue and it continues to be a hot topic for discussion:

 

 

Edmund Lewis, AGCAS Disability Task Group, University of Westminster

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