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Media Inclusive | ATAG Online 28 Oct 2020

During these COVID times, accessing news and entertainment has never been more important, especially for people with disability.

How is our media industry responding to making content more accessible and inclusive? What are the latest developments in technology? And is disability representation improving across roles such as journalists, broadcasters and producers? And if not, what needs to change?

Join us for this FREE online panel discussion with experts from the media industry as they discuss headlining access and inclusion for people with disability.

Learn about:

  • The barriers which can prevent people with disability from participating equitably in Australia’s media industry as both consumers and employees.
  • The opportunities and challenges for the media industry in terms of improving access and inclusion for people with disability.
  • Using media accessibility technologies such as captioning and audio description.
  • How the COVID crisis has impacted media accessibility and inclusion and what COVID’s legacy will be for the media industry in relation to people with disability 

Where & When


Nas Campanella | Disability Affairs Reporter | ABC

Nas Campanella is the ABC’s disability affairs reporter. Nas started her career at the ABC as a cadet journalist in Sydney in 2011 before working as a regional reporter in Bega on the New South Wales far south coast. She then spent seven years working as a newsreader, reporter and senior producer for triple j and other ABC platforms. Nas has also undertaken projects with ABC International Development, running initiatives for people living with disability across the Pacific.

Michael Coonan | Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs | SBS

Michael is a media and communications policy and regulatory leader with experience in both government and industry roles. He is currently the Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs at the Special Broadcasting Service where he recently led the implementation of SBS’s broadcast audio description service, working with the Centre for Inclusive Design and representatives of the vision advocacy groups. He has also worked in senior regulatory and policy roles at Foxtel and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Michael is the Co-Vice President of the Australian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications, an independent international policy forum for the converged communications industry.

Anthea Williams | Director, Writer, Broadcaster and Disability Advocate

Anthea is a leading theatre/cabaret director and writer who is now also working in the film industry with short film screenings at the 2020 Sydney Film Festival and NZ International Film Festival. From 2011 – 2017 Anthea was Associate Director – New Work at Belvoir. In addition to directing several productions for Belvoir she also restructured the company’s literary department which led the the company doubling the number of new works programmed. She previously worked as an award-winning writer and director in the UK and NZ. Anthea is also the presenter and producer of Activated Arts, a new program and podcast for Radio 2RPH which showcases the work of artists with disability. Anthea is passionate about disability rights and writes about the effects of disability representation.

Sancha Donald | General Manager | 2RPH

Sancha is the General Manager of accessible radio station 2RPH. The function of her current role is a mix of leadership and management to ensure that the broadcast programs are sustained, contemporary and of the highest standards. Broadly speaking the position requires high quality stakeholder engagement and an ability to traverse broadcasting, the disability sector, community engagement and volunteer management. Prior to joining 2RPH, Sancha held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Accessible Arts. This role saw her tasked with the development of the organisation, the implementation of its strategic direction, and championing and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities in the arts in NSW as artists, audience members and administrators.

Jaci ArmstrongDisability Advocate and Policy Advisor

Ms Armstrong has extensive experience in the disability, government and health sectors including positions with NSW and Federal MPs and at KPMG in Sydney. Jaci has also served as National Policy Advisor for Guide Dogs Australia (GDA) where she led strategy and engagement with government and industry bodies. Jaci also represented GDA on blindness sector peak bodies Vision2020 Australia and Blind Citizens Australia, and was one of four Australian delegates to the World Blind Union. Jaci recently joined the board of Accessible Arts as a Director and also currently serves on the boards of People with Disability Australia and HireUp.


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This event will be Auslan interpreted and have live closed captioning.

If you have access requirements, please advise us when registering. We may need 24 hours notice to accommodate your requirements. Please take this into account when registering.

For more information or to specify any access requirements to participate in this event, please contact Daniel Jaramillio:

About Zoom

Our ATAG Online will be using the Zoom online conferencing platform. We’ll email you the Zoom link the day before the event. All you have to do is click on the link, follow the prompts and you’ll be part of the event.

Zoom is an easy to use, reliable and FREE cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops and telephones. If you haven’t used Zoom before you can find out more here:

About ATAG

ATAG stands for Accessing The Arts Group. ATAGs are regular meetups for workers in NSW’s creative industries who want to learn more about including people with disability in their professional practice. ATAGs are an initiative of Accessible Arts, NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation. Accessible Arts works with artists, arts organisations, cultural agencies and festival/event operators to create opportunities that enrich the lives of artists, arts workers and audiences with disability or who are Deaf.

Presented by: Accessible Arts

Proudly supported by: Create NSW and City of Sydney

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