Panelists in both conversations emphasized the challenges filmmakers with tight resources face funding accessibility. While there are many ways to make media more accessible at no cost, budgets often must include service providers and other access provisions. Our next Access Reframed conversation will explore creative ways to fund accessibility, so stay tuned for updates on our Facebook page!
You can read more about our conversations here: Highlights from Access Reframed.
2. Media accessibility workshops
All Senses Go is proud to offer a media accessibility workshop for filmmakers, festival organizers and media companies that covers a range of accessibility provisions and best practices in inclusive design.
Suppose you’ve made a film of particular interest to audiences with disabilities. You plan to hold a community screening followed by a panel discussion, after which the film will be released online. You have never hosted an accessible screening before, and no one in your company has experience with audio description, captions, sensory-friendly programming, ASL interpretation or CART transcription. Do you know what you need to do to make sure viewers with disabilities can attend the event and watch online?
If not, we can help. This past year, we worked with Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group and Film Festival Alliance Leadership Lab to introduce film companies to the array of accommodations that can make media more accessible.
“All Senses Go provides insight into how to reach a wider audience through an inclusive creative process,” said Andrew Weiler, previous operations manager at Kindling Group and workshop attendee. “As an aspiring media producer I quickly realized how many people would not be able to access my work. Their accessibility workshop gave me the education I should have had when I became a film student.”
Are you interested in making your films and events accessible for audiences with disabilities? Our media accessibility workshop is a great place to start. Please feel free to reach out—we would love to be a part of your accessibility journey.
3. Getting Real about Accessibility
The International Documentary Association collaborated this year with All Senses Go to improve the accessibility of their website, events and programs, beginning with their biennial Getting Real conference.
Typically an in-person conference that spans multiple days and brings together folks from all over the world, Getting Real pivoted this year to a virtual format. This year’s conference theme Access. Power. Possibility. highlighted IDA’s focus on the many barriers marginalized communities, including people with disabilities, face in accessing storytelling. In learning how to reproduce the critical benefits of destination conferences on a virtual platform, IDA realized the new format brought forth unique accessibility needs for Deaf and disabled participants. IDA worked with All Senses Go to take a successful step toward their theme and present their most accessible conference yet.
To learn more, check out our blog post: 10 accessibility lessons we learned working with IDA.