National broadcasters and the UK government have backed a plan to double the number of disabled people working in television by 2020. The BBC, ITV and Sky are among those to support the initiative to increase the percentage of disabled people working on screen and behind the scenes. The scheme comes from the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). According to the CDN, 6.8% of people appearing on screen and 4.5% of the workforce off screen are disabled. The figures relate to programmes broadcast between August 2016 and July 2017.
A winery in central Japan could be the answer. About 40 such mentally disabled people are working at Komaki Winery in the city of Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, with their duties ranging from growing grapes to making wines and selling them. The work is challenging because none had experience in growing grapes or producing wines. In addition, temperatures and humidity in the area are high, making it a tough climate for making wines. Anyone can become an owner of grape vines at the winery for a membership fee, which goes to help create jobs for the employees with intellectual disabilities.
Stand-up comic and writer Rosie Jones says we need to see disabled characters on TV "who are gritty, and flawed, and three-dimensional like every other person is". The comedian, who has cerebral palsy, says she's "angry at how disabled people are portrayed by the media". "They're always the victim, or they're always nice... I've met a lot of disabled people that I don't like." Her comments come after a Royal Television Society debate on the issue. Rosie, who is also a writer for the topical comedy show The Last Leg, has told Newsbeat that the presentation of disabled people on TV has been too simplistic up to now.