The 1in4 Coalition is accepting functions for the second version of its Disabled Writers Mentorship Program. The primary program launched in March, deciding on 14 people who every had an entire script, pilot or play. Every mentee was matched with an trade artist or skilled from corporations akin to CAA, Showtime and Shondaland.
The 1in4 Coalition was unveiled in April 2021 to extend entry, employment and genuine illustration of disabled folks; the group consists of disabled people. One in all its initiatives is 1in4 Writers, which is working to offset challenges going through disabled scribes, by offering entry to suggestions, assets and relationships in Hollywood, one thing that has usually confirmed inaccessible.
This system — impressed by the work of Dominique Nieves, author and creator of the Learn Latinx Writers Initiative — contains an advisory committee of disabled WGA writers Katherine Beattie, Marc Muszynski and David Radcliff.
Radcliff, who can also be program adviser and co-chair of the disabled writers committee on the Writers Guild of America West, says a current research by WGAW “discovered solely about 0.6% of our membership are overtly disabled. The obstacles of entry are excessive. That’s not as a result of disabled folks don’t wish to write, or can’t write, however as a result of our trade has — maybe unintentionally — lengthy excluded and misrepresented disabled writers and disability-oriented tales. 1in4 Coalition understands incapacity needs to be a supply of nice storytelling, of perseverance and of recent perspective.”
Along with six months of one-on-one mentorship from an trade skilled, the mentees take part in month-to-month meets to develop relationships inside the trade and amongst mentees. Every month’s assembly is attended by an trade skilled who presents information about alternatives and recommendation.
Jim LeBrecht, filmmaker and a 1in4 Coalition co-founder, provides, “Gifted folks with disabilities are discovering work in entrance of and behind the digicam. However should you have a look at the WGA West statistics, clearly there’s a lot work to be performed. I consider our low employment numbers are a results of the stigma of incapacity — and the damaging notion of the disabled has lengthy been enabled by the content material that Hollywood produces. When genuine portrayals of individuals with disabilities are seen in movie and TV, it is going to go a good distance in the direction of dispelling that damaging stigma.”
For extra concerning the 1in4 Coalition, or information on how one can apply for the mentorship program or to change into a mentor, e mail [email protected] or go to web site 1in4coalition.org, or go to social media @1in4Coalition.
Pictured: David Radcliff