The legendary Rovers Return

Coronation Street launch search for disabled actor for new starring role

Coronation Street bosses have launched a nationwide search to find a disabled actor to take on a new starring role.

Casting directors are to hold auditions in London, Glasgow and Manchester to find the right man to play new character Howie, who is described as a ‘cheeky chappy’.

MP Mojo Mathers speaks

Disabled women’s impact celebrated

On 8 March 2014 CCS Disability Action and Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Gardens celebrated International Women’s Day, with a garden party showcasing the many positive ways disabled women impact the lives of their families, their communities and our society.

Famous NZ TV personalities stand behind a Deaf guy, a guy in a wheelchair, a woman with Down Syndrome and a blind woman with a guide dog

Is New Zealand ready for More Diversity on Screen?

The More Diversity on Screen campaign set out to begin a new conversation with the public and media industry in New Zealand about disability and diversity on screen. The campaign was an initiative of Unique Extras, a Diversityworks Trust project that aimed to increase diversity on screen via the creation and promotion of a unique…

Shane Burcaw in his power chair

Laughing at his Nightmare

From, Shane Burcaw demonstrates a great attitude to life — to laugh at his nightmare of not being around for as long as he’d like to be. Read more here or watch the video below.

Campaign aims to get disability seen more on screen

MEDIA RELEASE 25 March 2013 Over the years we’ve seen heaps of great television personalities on our screens. But what we haven’t seen are the one in five New Zealanders who have a disability. These are the opening words of a new campaign that aims to to lobby broadcasters, ad agencies, talent agencies and the…

Don’t Postpone Joy republished

Source: Gay Talk Tonight He’s been a successful businessman, and equestrian. He is HIV positive, and has been infected with the parasite leishmaniasis. He is legally blind and deaf, and he’s been told on a number of occasions he had just a few days to live – yet somehow, Peter Taylor has defied the odds…

When hiring, consider diversity in the widest sense

FOXBusiness writes: In the workplace the concept of diversity is usually defined by race, color, religion, sex or national origin, with disability sometimes overlooked as a component of a diverse workforce. While disabled people make up 20.1% of the labor force, according to the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the unemployment rate for…

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. [youtube]