The film industry needs to open its arms to learning disabled and autistic talent – The Independent

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This year’s Learning Disability Week is celebrating art and creativity. Both are long-standing ways for learning disabled people to express themselves and connect with friends and family.

Making films and being creative has always been a big part of my life, and this past year, in particular, it has been an important outlet for myself, and for the 1.5 million people like me, who are living with a learning disability in the UK.

Sadly, however, a career in the arts or the film industry is not something many people with learning disabilities have the chance to pursue. Less than 5 per cent of disabled people work in the UK film industry, and this has likely been reduced by the effects of the pandemic.

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