Accessibility is a major priority for BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).
Toki Allison, our BFI FAN Access Officer has gathered a valuable list of useful accessibility resources to consider for creating accessible screenings for a range of different audiences. Bookmark it now!
- Case study: Musical Matinee from Film Hub South East
- Report on cinema programme run by Dukes Lancaster (See also A Life More Ordinary)
- Great work being done by Tyneside Cinemas
- West Yorkshire Playhouse’s case study for live performance
- This guide from the Alzheimer’s Society on being a dementia-friendly venue is a good starting point.
- Then you may want to book in a Dementia Friends Champion to come and provide free Dementia Friends training to your staff and volunteers.
- Innovations in Dementia can provide building audits (these are at a cost) – however, it also has this DIY guide as well.
- Talk to your local Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) network group to get advice directly from people living with dementia. No-one is better placed to let you know what changes you might need to make to get your venue suitable.
- Dimensions are working to expand autism-friendly screenings nationwide.
- There are some facts & figures here.
- This is a useful report carried out by Film Hub Wales and Contact A Family.
- The ICO has a section with some brief guidance on autism-friendly screenings at the bottom of this page.
- UK Theatre has produced a useful guide on assisted performances which covers relaxed performances alongside other accessible performance types. Most of the practices are transferable to cinema.
- This is a free service of downloadable images that can be used for signage or pictorial communications.
- The ICO has released this excellent set of resources on improving the experience for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. It’s pretty comprehensive so well worth a look.
- Plus there is some guidance from Action on Hearing Loss.
General access advice
- The End the Awkward campaign by Scope is a great thing to share with staff and volunteers.
- This Cultivate guide asks a lot of useful questions to get you started. It is arts focused but many principles transferable.
- If you’re running special events for Carers (perhaps during #CarersWeek in June), you can find resources on the Carers Week website and list your events.
- Download various Carers Week resources.
- Become part of a Carer Friendly Community.
- Carers UK has a great rights guide and self-advocacy toolkit on its website
- And don’t forget the CEA card scheme.
- UKCA’s CEA card scheme supports cinemas by clarifying terms by which a visitor, requiring reasonable adjustments and/or a carer/companion’s support to attend a screening, might attend. This can avoid difficult questions/awkward conversations at Box Office.
- The first port of call is often your website. Here’s some advice on ensuring you’re making your online information accessible for visitors.
- A great accessible marketing guide.
We will be developing comprehensive cinema-specific toolkits to support accessible screenings for a range of different audiences. You’ll hear about any new resources or potential training through your Film Hub South East enewsletter, so make sure you’re signed up if you’re not already.