Independent Living Movement Ireland webinar on 2nd February from 7-8pm: Media + Me: Representation of Disabled People in the Media.
Media (broadcast, print and online) is crucial for framing how we think and shaping our understanding. The webinar presents a unique opportunity to hear directly from disabled activists for the change that is needed in Irish media to reflect the diversity in society and make media inclusive of disabled people.
- panel discussion with James LeBrecht (Oscar nominated film maker, director of Crip Camp and disabled activist), Selina Bonnie (ILMI Vice Chair), and Mik Scarlet (UK broadcaster and disabled activist).
- Claire Kenny (ILMI member and participant on Strategies for Change project) will give her own insights into how the absence of disabled people in the media impacted on her growing up and Páraic Kerrigan (Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin) will present some of his research on diversity in Irish media.
- The event will close with a brief presentation of the core findings of the ILMI position paper “Our Lives, Our Voice” based on discussions held with disabled activists in Ireland and how they want disabled people involved in the creation of media.
The webinar is for anyone who is genuinely interested in making Ireland more inclusive. The ILMI “Media + Me” event is a genuinely unique opportunity to spend an hour to hear about the practical change that is necessary to ensure disabled people are accurately represented in media and broadcasting in Ireland.