Invisible Disabilities highlighted by ITV

ITV launches new on air campaign to highlight Invisible Disabilities.

“Ever since my diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease I have noticed how much of the public are only dimly aware of the symptoms, and how much many press outlets deliberately misrepresent. Working with ITV’s Invisible Disabilities is my way of helping redress this.” – ITV personality, Paul Sinha

ITV this week launches a new on-air marketing campaign to highlight invisible disabilities, as part of its commitment to help create culture change around disability perception and representation.

One in five of us are disabled, and this new campaign featuring famous faces powerfully highlights that just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Developed in partnership with Scope, and devised by ITV Creative, the ad features The Chase star Paul Sinha, author and TV personality Katie Piper, actress and Loose Woman Kelle Bryan and Real Housewives of Cheshire regular Tanya Bardsley talk about themselves to camera – their hidden talents and achievements, their nicknames, their hobbies, the alternative careers they’d have loved to pursue.

They finish by revealing what many also don’t know about them. That they each have invisible disabilities, and that these are also part of what makes them who they are.

The ad ends by encouraging audiences to find out more at Aimed at promoting understanding around invisible disabilities, the website will house further information about invisible impairments and conditions and tips from disabled people on what non-disabled people can do to be a good ally, alongside testimonials from members of ITV’s internal disability network, ITV Able on their experiences. The site will also include information about ITV’s Diversity and Inclusion plan.

‘ITV’s Invisible Disabilities Campaign is hugely important to me personally and professionally. It is something I have championed for many years across all of my projects. Being more aware, and embracing inclusion and difference internally and externally is crucial not only in broadcast, but in today’s society. I am a proud ambassador for this campaign, and hope it raises much needed awareness of invisible disabilities in society.’ – telly regular Katie Piper

The campaign follows last week’s Tonight programme which focused on the subject of invisible disabilities, presented by Saima Mohsin. In this programme she talked to contributors including Christine McGuinness who talks about having three children with autism, Bobby Trundley, a young racing driver with autism and Evie Toombes, a young para showjumper with spina bifida. Viewers can catch up on Hidden Disabilities: What’s the Truth? Tonight on ITV Hub.

New research commissioned by ITV has found that less than a third of the UK population are aware of the levels of disability in the UK and that among those with a disability, only 40% feel confident about telling people they are disabled. The Invisible Disabilities campaign is part of ITV’s Social Purpose commitment to shaping culture for good, including fostering creativity by championing diversity, equality and inclusion.

‘ITV is pleased to put this important issue centre stage for our viewers. 14 million people in the UK are disabled, but invisible disability isn’t something that is often talked about and recognised. We’re delighted to work with Scope to help change that.’ – Susie Braun, Director of Social Purpose, ITV


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