Inclusive Casting

Create the opportunity for one or more of your production's leading roles to be played by a person with disability. The role does not even need to specify that it is intended to be played by a person with disability. Also consider who you cast as background artists - when you look at the overall casting, does it represent a realistic portrayal of society? Break the stereotypical expectations in your casting!

All casting for roles written with a specific disability will be played by people with that disability. For example, if the role is that of a wheelchair user, it is imperative to cast a person who actually uses a wheelchair. Authentic Casting emphasizes the importance of authentic and empowering representation of people with disabilities on screen. Authentic casting involves ensuring that individuals with disabilities are cast in roles that accurately reflect their experiences, abilities, and identities.

By casting actors and/or performers with disabilities, productions not only promote genuine representation but also empower individuals who may have been historically underrepresented in the industry. This approach fosters a sense of authenticity and credibility in storytelling, as it allows those with lived experiences to bring depth and nuance to their characters.

Resource Kit

We've made comprehensive resources available with every certification to help you make your content more inclusively:

  • Guide: Equal Representation
  • Guide: Authentic Casting
  • Template: Casting Brief

Certification Requirements

  • Details and job descriptions of people with disability employed across the cast, including extras

Need Additional Support?

Our partners can help create inclusive productions and meet certification requirements:

Inclusion Partners