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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.

 

Acorn: Gimme Some Truth

Love scenes are never easy. Ask John and Yoko or anyone else you wanna ask. Sometimes things are said unkindly. Sometimes it has to stop. Especially when the aggravation comes from two party poopers causing no-one any fun. WISH PIECE VI: Write all the things you want to do. Ask others to do them and move on. ...

A SHORT STORY ABOUT A SMALL WORLD – ENCOUNTER WITH TOURETTES HERO

I was telling this story to someone recently and I realized I hadn’t committed it to paper yet, but about 6 years ago I went to Scotland to visit family with my mum and her best friend. We used Glasgow airport to fly back to London. Once we got on the plane it didn’t take ...

Two Party Poopers at a Party

I wrote this a while ago. I took the photo only recently. The quote below the windows is i presume from Orwell - a writer i never got into. I was looking for a picture to go with the words. I think Orwell meant you can see the writer, you can see the life he's ...

Access All Areas immersive experience, MADHOUSE re:exit

Wrapped up in a nutshell by Jason Eade I didn’t realise at first, but the show really started in the lobby of Shoreditch Town Hall. With flyers and banners promoting what looked to be a legit business in the Town Hall’s café. The person at reception gave me a golden wrist band and led the group ...

Strictly Wales: Dancing, Despacito and a Salsa Dog

Strictly Wales is a unique partnership between Step Change Studios and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and the first national inclusive ballroom programme supporting disabled people to be active through dance. Over 100 people have taken part in 5 regional dance workshops over 5 months, and 10 people performed in a grand finals which took place in Cardiff ...

Smile Though the Welfare State is Breaking

I don't need to tell you about benefit cuts, sanctions, or brutal assessments, but what you might not know is that some job centres have therapists within them forcing people to be more positive. CBT is used to 'correct' 'faulty' thinking. You know the world isn't a harsh place, disabled people aren't discriminated against, and the ...

A Postpartum Analysis

I am not quite sure when it got out of control.  I think I was happy each time I was pregnant.  I enjoyed how everyone was so nice to me, gave me a little extra kind attention.  People offered advice, held doors longer, gave up their seats for me.  I was happy each time, I ...

Sensing Helen: seeking stories of blind people in Dorset

I am aware that it has been a while since my last post. Our film has its first airings this week and I am yet to tell of its journey. We have been busy completing our work with the young people and have started the  second phase of the project - collecting oral histories which ...

Undercover Autistics

Having a diagnosis of Autism/Asperger’s can be an issue of identity and disclosure. From being presumed to have no sense of humour, no empathy and a limited understanding of social skills, to conversations where 'neurotypicals' list all suspected autistic relatives….  Maybe it's best not to disclose? Recently, while staying at a friend’s, I plucked up the ...

SCRRIPPT (live) | European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018 | Outside In | May 4th-6th

SCRRIPPT (live) By Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson Just over a week to go before Outsider Art Association Conference 2018, Outside In, Pallant House Gallery, May 4th-6th, Barry Finan and Rosanne Robertson share their reflections, ideas and creative process as they prepare for their live version of their collaborative film 'SCRRIPPT' to present at the event. Rosanne: ...