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Call Out: Looking for people with disability to act in scenarios about safe and enjoyable mealtimes

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Maitree House ( is looking for actors with disabilities who love being in front of the camera and are interested in helping NDIS workers understand how to support people to enjoy safe and enjoyable mealtimes (and why it’s important!).

  • Are you a person with disability?

  • Do you identify as needing assistance at mealtimes?

  • Are you confident in front of the camera?

If YES, we would love to talk to you about being a paid actor in a national project about safe and enjoyable mealtimes. Our priority is to find people with disability who identify as needing mealtime assistance, but apart from that all disability types are welcome, and we strongly encourage those from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply.

This project is for the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and will be a part of a free online learning resource for all NDIS Workers across Australia. To make the resource for the Commission, Maitree is working with Liquid Interactive, an e-learning company.

Part of this training program are four scripted scenarios exploring effective mealtime support for people with disability.

Filming details are as follows:

Rehearsals: 6th and 7th Nov 2021

Filming Dates: We are aiming for the week of the 15th - 19th Nov

Location: Darwin OR Alice Springs

Payment: In line with MEAA award rates for actors

AVAILABLE ROLES - These are the characters as they are written in the scripts. We are open to all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds and are aiming for diverse representation. Performers with disability do not need to have acting experience.

People from Indigenous or culturally diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

MIKE - an older man with disability who has particular dietary and mealtime assistance needs, and swallowing difficulty.

NOLA - a young woman with physical and intellectual disability who has particular dietary and mealtime assistance needs. She also has swallowing difficulty (PLEASE NOTE: Nola’s scenario involves a choking incident and managing a medical emergency. This will be filmed safely)

ROSE - a woman with disability who has dietary and mealtime assistance needs, particularly with regards to texture. She has swallowing difficulty and communication difficulty.

WILLA - a fiercely independent young teen with particular mealtime support needs about positioning who uses adaptive cutlery

JAKE - Willa’s best friend ( teenager or early 20s) who is tube-fed and doesn’t often use words to communicate

The filming will require:

-3 hour rehearsal on Nov 6th or 7th

-Practising the scripts at home

-One full day of filming around the 15th to the 19th November

Payment is in line with MEAA award rates for actors in online videos.

Additional support costs - Any additional support costs you need to participate in filming will be covered by us, such as translators or travel costs.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please send an email to answering the following questions:

  • What is your name and age?

  • Where do you live?

  • What is your ethnicity or cultural background?

  • What support do you need at mealtimes?

  • Describe any acting experience you have or why you are suited for this role.

  • What is your disability type?

  • What is your preferred way to communicate (eg verbal, AAC)?

Please also attach a short video introducing yourself and why you’d be great for the role. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy - on a phone is fine. It’s just so we can meet you and get a sense of how you might go in this scene. We can do this over Zoom/Skype/Google if you’d prefer, just let us know!

If you have any questions, please email our producer organising casting for the project Luvenia Kalia at (Or if you would like to speak to someone on the phone, please call our Producer in the NT, Peta Khan on 0478 724 820)

If you would like to apply, kindly send us your details by 15th October 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 safety precautions will be executed in accordance with local regulations while filming.

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