We have collated some guides to help you to increase and improve access for disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent people in your organisations, whether that be for audiences at the cinema or for employees.

Cinemas across the country currently offer specific accessible screenings, such as subtitled, audio described, BSL interpreted, relaxed environment, autism-friendly, and/or dementia-friendly screenings.

UK events

Your Local Cinema lists many subtitled and audio-described screenings

Accessible Screenings UK also list autism-friendly, subtitled and audio-described screenings

Resources

The BFI FAN: Access Directory
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BFI FAN: EDI in Focus - Advocacy Skills for Accessible Screenings
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Oska Bright: Welcoming Learning Disabled Audiences Back
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And What Next? Demanding Change | THE CINEMA OF IDEAS
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Using Film to Tell Disabled Stories | THE CINEMA OF IDEAS
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Unlimited: Accessible Recruitment and Employment
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Crip Club
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Crip Cinema Archive
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The Space: Digital Accessibility: Best Practice
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Unlimited: Accessible Marketing Guide
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Unlimited: Cards for Inclusion
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The Bigger Picture Case Study: Universal Accessibility for Schools Screenings
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ICO: Where to Begin with Relaxed Screenings
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The Hollywood Reporter: A Recent History of the Academy’s Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Efforts
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What might a more inclusive film programming world look like?
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Caption This: the subtitling champions working to make festivals, screenings and global cinema more accessible
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Being Disabled In Britain - A Journey Less Equal
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Centering Disabled Arts and Audiences
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Planning and Access for Disabled people: A Good Practice Guide
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The Fringe Guide to Adapting Events for Deaf and Disabled Audiences
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UKCA's CEA Card
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Using A Range Of Communication Channels To Reach Disabled People
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Accessibility in cinemas: Are cinemas playing fair?
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Access Guide - Ensuring your venues and events are open to all
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ICO: Where to Begin with Relaxed Screenings

Everyone deserves access to life-changing cinema, but for those with learning disabilities or neurological conditions, cinema environments can often be inaccessible. In this blog, Rosemary Richings draws on personal experience to discuss the value of relaxed screenings, and speaks to Jonathan Gleneadie (Barbican, London) and Robert Barham (Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds) about the sorts of practical considerations exhibitors should keep … More

BFI FAN: EDI in Focus – Advocacy Skills for Accessible Screenings

The first edition of BFI FAN: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Focus, a new series of webinars for UK film exhibitors. This session explores how exhibitors can advocate for standardised, accessible screenings and provisions, hosted by Access Consultant, Charlie Little (Matchbox Cinesub). Using examples of exhibitors across the UK who host descriptive subtitled screenings, Charlie … More

The BFI FAN: Access Directory

The BFI FAN: Access Directory is a new resource for film exhibitors. It offers guidance, toolkits, and practical actions for planning inclusive film events for Deaf and disabled audiences.

BFI Event – Muslim Representation on Screen

UK Muslim Film, is a new charity which launched at a BFI, to advise the entertainment industry on how to better represent Muslims on screen. Aiming to combat stereotypes, the charity will support, nurture and fund projects from emerging storytellers and be a port of call for authentic Muslim representation. The Riz Test presented their … More

Attitude Is Everything: State of Access reports

Attitude Is Everything’s fourth and most recent State of Access Report, supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music and UK Music, examined the barriers faced by Deaf and disabled people when trying to book tickets for live music events, and set out a vision for ticketing without barriers.