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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

As my name was called

Note: I have to have micro-suction done in my ears every few weeks, as I have a perforated eardrum. This means they get blocked easily and I always dread going to the appointments. I was sat in the waiting room, with my mum and a cup of brew, in a place I like to stay away from. As my ...

Let’s Dance! Supporting people with complex disabilities to explore their creativity

Step Change Studios' inclusive dance practitioner Abigail Jackson shares her experience of leading a sensory-based dance movement programme in East London, in partnership with Sense Charity. I work as a Dance Practitioner at Step Change Studios, which is an inclusive dance company that provides opportunities for people with multiple disabilities to dance. Sense and Step Change ...

axe-throwing as a first date

for couple of years we've been screengrabbing and layering and commenting; as a result there are now 30 final posters online now (piers and sausage rolls and army recruitment ads in the final one) online To see more go to: www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157705579749464 – our faves still donald's husband coming out against trump (ivankas husband denouncing those provoking violence ...

The Inheritance (or writing that epic play)

It's taken me a while to write out my thoughts on The Inheritance (which ran at London’s Noel Coward Theatre until 19th January 2019 and was written by Matthew Lopez & directed by Stephen Daldry.) I think when a ton of people say something is so brilliant and it is, it still makes you wary of ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 1

If you have read Colin Hambrook’s interview with me (‘Surroundings – a journey into the known’, in the ‘Opinions – latest interviews and reviews’ section) , you will have seen a detailed summary of my R&D immersive arts project. If not, please read it, he is a skilled interviewer and has got more information out of ...

You Feel

Note: Do you suffer from Anxiety? I do. I struggle with these symptoms and sometimes it takes a while to get over them, as anything can set off an anxiety attack. But please don't worry, you are not alone. You feel your body freeze, You feel your mouth go dry, You feel like you can't breathe, You feel like ...

Please don’t think I’m mad

Please don't think I'm mad That my eyes are staring it's just that i want to hear everything you say scared of distraction if i don't look at you - my mind wanders - i don't want you to think i'm unaware i value your time listening - talking i need to look into your eyes i know it's embarrassing - i don't know how else to ...

100 Meters – Who And What

I don’t usually spend much time reflecting on the news or even listening to the news even though the news is on and all around me. At times I find the news too difficult to bear. At other times I find it full of amusement. The Glorious Servant sometimes views it as a ritualised humiliation, ...

Acorn: Running

Derived from Yoko’s Sky Piece V Autumn. Way back in time I enjoyed the sports I enjoyed, and hated the sports I hated. I guess I was trying to prove something. Something about someone whose running was compromised, was never so fleet, never so far in comparison to others. Yet I noticed recently, before reading the ...

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome.

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome, I am the one with a heart condition, I am the one who struggles to hear, I am the one with just one wish, I wish I could avoid the hospital appointments, I wish I could stop my mother from worrying, I wish there was a life with more treatments, I am the one ...