How 1in4 Coalition Amplifies the authentic Representation of Disabled Creatives in Hollywood
The first day of the 93rd Academy Awards saw the formation of 1in4 an advocacy group that helped disabled workers start out in entertainment. The coalition was formed when 10 vets began to share stories of navigating the industry.
One of the founders, Kaitlyn Yang, tells Variety that we are the only organization in Hollywood that employs working disabled professionals helping the next group of disabled filmmakers grow up the ranks, he says.
In just six months, they've succeeded in getting entry-level jobs like production assistants for disabled people who wanted to get their foot in the door, but not in their position. The group is working to place people in positions behind the camera and in offices of execs and decision-makers.
I've also been building a database of disabled talent in all categories writing, producing, directing, costumes, composers, etc. - and so on. So if people who hire are really interested but don't know where to look, we'll make those connections.
The group's name is from the fact that 25% of the population - one in four have a disability, visible or otherwise. For most of Hollywood history, these people were ignored; even with the industrys goals of inclusion, too many executives relegated the disabled to workshops or panels. However, 1in4 wants to go further and make sure these achieving jobs will increase authentic representation.
A 1in4 slogan is Add the A a reference to Hollywood thinking about DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion), but it should be able to form symphony, also accessibility.
That's the goal of making Hollywood accessible for all. Stephen Letnes says that as well as the other nine founders, he is a longtime activist. His Able Artist Foundation is helping composers with disabilities.
As a result, he has been fighting for equality for decades, and recently, has recently won an Oscar nomination for the Docu Crip Camp, in which i have revoked the Emmys to include wheelchair-accessible ramps.
The 1in4 Oscar-day announcement was symbolic, recognizing LeBrechts nomination and the presence of the founder and marketing consultant Andrea LaVant on the red carpet of Oscard.
The other founding members are Eryn Brown, talent manager; Elaine Hall, creator of the Miracle Project arts program; David Kurs, artistic director of Deaf West; writer-actor Ryan O'Connell (s Special of Netflix) and actor-writer Natasha Ofili.
Yang, CEO of the VFX company Alpha Studios, cites an example of a 1in4 success: An upcoming Apple project will feature an accessibility coordinator, an answer-a-point for everyone with disabilities questions. Yang says that's he'll work on 70 projects.
Every day, the other departments used ramps to take off sets, and at the end of six months, we probably saved two weeks of time.