Association of creators of Life in the Dark inclusive media projects
A direction in the scope of “Life in the Dark” inclusive project which tells about different venues for active and cultural leisure for people with disabilities in Moscow (and not only) which have created an effective environment and designed individual cases for people with different conditions, taking into account their peculiarities.Using our personal example, we show how it is possible to live an active, full and fulfilling life despite one’s disability. By conducting barrier-free environment audits, we select the best solutions for creating an accessible environment. We create a series of video stories from which every person with disabilities can learn something important and valuable. Our videos inspire and motivate people with disabilities to be active, help them believe in themselves and their own strength.
- In my case, it was simple enough. Being a host of “Life in the Dark” YouTube channel which covers the lives of people with disabilities, I know firsthand the prejudices, difficulties and obstacles we face every day. This includes the field of creativity, culture and art. The answer was on the surface – to what extent cultural leisure facilities care about the topic of inclusion and are they ready to be visited by people with disabilities? That’s how our Accessibility Landing Party theme was born; we visit different cultural and active leisure facilities and evaluate them according to various criteria of an accessible and barrier-free environment.
- The most difficult thing was to develop some kind of a unified format that would be understandable not only to people with disabilities, but also to regular people who prevail among the audience of our channel.
- The benefit of our project is obvious. We inform, help in adaptation and socialization of people with disabilities through online content and cultural events, try to unite various communities in our country to attract attention of the audience to the existence of people with disabilities who need an accessible environment to live fully, and their rights and interests to be protected. In my opinion, the most important projects are those that are created not only for the sake of laughter and entertainment, but can tackle important and acute socially significant topics, solve existing problems, change people’s lives and leave an impact after implementation.