Tyler’s Story

Tyler's Story follows Tyler as he goes about his life, meeting friends, going to work, the gym and enjoying his hobbies.
Find out about the challenges and stigma he faces as a disabled man and how he overcomes them to live a full and independent life.

In 2022, Independent Lives launched Tyler’s Story - a short film about disability. Filmed in and around Worthing the film aims to educate people to what it is like to live with a disability. It focuses on the social model of disability and shows that people are disabled by barriers in society and not by their physical or mental impairment.

Watch Tyler’s Story now


The social model of disability

The model says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. Barriers can be physical, like buildings not having accessible toilets. Or they can be caused by people's attitudes to difference, like assuming disabled people can't do certain things.

The social model helps us recognise barriers that make life harder for disabled people. Removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control.

Tyler’s Story - Livestream

On 16 June 2022 we launched Tyler’s Story via a live stream over YouTube. As well as Tyler’s Story, the launch included a Q&A session with Tyler, the film maker and staff from Independent Lives and Skills for Care who helped to support the project.

Tyler’s Story elected for screening at Brighton Fringe

We're thrilled to announce that our film Tyler’s Story has been selected to be shown as part of Brighton Fringe's Fringe Flicks series.

The disability strand of Fringe Flicks celebrates shorts from filmmakers who are deaf, disabled, and/or neurodiverse.

The film will be screened at Lewes Depot on Saturday 18 May. The screening begins at 13:30. Tickets are available for £5 at the link below. The event is 18+