FACTUAL SERIES

In Focus

In Focus was an award-winning television series that highlighted issues around disability and raised awareness of the problems disabled people have to face every day of their lives just because they have a disability.

In Focus seeked to overcome the barriers, the stigma, the stereotyping, and prejudice encountered by disabled people; and to raise the profile, and promote positive images, of disability.

In Focus provided a comprehensive information resource for anyone who has a disability or impairment; or is affected by disability (e.g., families, carers, service providers, etc.); and for anyone working within the care sector.

Decisions made by those in authority in the areas of employment, education, training, service provision and physical access to buildings or transport, etc., were highlighted. Those decisions were challenged or supported as appropriate.

Existing opportunities for people with disabilities were also explored and promoted, as were the various support groups and organisations who work so hard for the benefit and rights of disabled people.

In Focus was produced under the banner of Turning Point Productions, a now defunct television production team who specialised in disability awareness television programming. 

In Focus (and Turning Point Productions) won the Millenium Commission’s ‘Commedia Millenium Award’ for its work in promoting disability issues, raising awareness and giving opportunities to people with disabilities.

Broadcaster:Channel 7 Television
Genre:Factual Series
Format:6 x 30 mins
Production Year:2001 – 2009
TX Date:2001 – 2009
Executive Producer:Glyn Spate
Producers:Glyn Spate
Rosemarie Bruin
Patricia Marsault
Gary JJ Spate
Sid Owen
Lee Jones
Jason Hendry
Richard Blewitt
Sadie Ingoldby-Spate
Hosts:Rosemarie Bruin
Glyn Spate
Sid Owen

/ Some of the features covered

In Focus - Sailability
Sailability
In Focus - HSD Art Exhibition
Holidays for the Sick and Disabled (HSD) Art Exhibition
In Focus - Blind Drive Challenge
Blind Drive Challenge
In Focus - Blind Bowling
Blind Bowling
In Focus - Accessing the Future
Accessing the Future
In Focus - Blind and in mainstream education
Blind and in mainstream education