Sara Johnson from Bridge06, an inclusion consultant, TV drama executive and Mill Hill School parent spoke to Lower Sixth pupils about accessibility in both in and outside the workplace.
Sara has pivoted from her long television career to improve disability representation in her industry and beyond by forming Bridge06. The consultancy brings an ‘access first’ approach to the media and entertainment industry. Sara explored numerous ways our pupils can be ‘access first’ in their thoughts, work and other practices for the one in five people who live with visible and hidden disabilities as they emerge into the world beyond Mill Hill School.
Sara works alongside her business partner and full-time wheelchair user Julie Fernandez. They regularly come up against older minds that take quite a lot of reshaping to think in an ‘access first’ way. However, through working alongside broadcasters and businesses, they have seen an exciting opportunity to work with the next generation. Sara has redirected her work to the younger generation who will be entering the workplace. She teaches them about the future challenges to inclusion and allyship and what that should look and feel like.
We look forward to future opportunities that working alongside Sara can open to the pupils and The Foundation, from PSHE curriculum opportunities to best practice and accessibility in education. We are committed and excited to lead change and develop an understanding for independent schools to assess, adjust and accommodate all pupils and parents of all abilities in our buildings and processes.
This is an exciting partnership, and we look forward to sharing our progress over the next academic year. Thanks go to Sara and Julie, for working with us.
Head of PSHE