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

The blog section of the DAO website 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.

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

Crippen reports on yet another death attributed to DWP policy

And still it goes on. Despite being accused of causing the deaths of disabled benefit claimants by awarding the assessment process to callous private sector contractors, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) is faced yet again with the accusation that they were “directly implicated” in the death of another disabled person. Philippa Day (27) appears ...

Tesco Delivery Man, I didn’t order Daz, and the Return of the Self

This Tesco Delivery Driver was happy to come in and help with my shopping, good job too, my family eco non-bio washing powder wasn’t available, this was Tesco replacement. I can hardly lift the box, my legs nearly gave in. A dry lockdown for me this time round. I wanted to be as alert, as aware ...

oven-ready illustrated

Realm Memories

Realm as some of you might know by now is a collaborative exhibition I was involved with early 2019 courtesy of appointment by Outside In. Mr X came from Bethlem. Hazel Brill was selected by Southwark Park Gallery (then Cafe Park Gallery). I had a mentor; Judith Court. She suggested I walk around the park ...

Audio Journal in November

I was 21 when I had to write one of those one or two sentence bio’s that sum up who you are as an artist for the first time. I had no idea what to put, in fact, I still find them incredibly difficult to write, but that’s not important. What is important is what ...

100 Meter’s; Archie

This takes me back. Things I don’t like: 1) The Royal Family 2) The fawning attitude of the media towards the royal family 3) The perceived view that we all want to celebrate them and their tawdry occasions 4) Glib comments I wrote this on the 9th May 2019. I had scrawled it onto a piece of paper in the ...

Crippen hears that charities have called on Government to prioritise those who are more vulnerable to the virus

Three ‘disability’ charities have called on the Government to ensure that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties and autism, as well as their families and support workers, receive prioritisation for the new COVID-19 vaccination. Disability Arts Online · Covid vaccine guinea pigs The call from Mencap, Sense and the National Autistic Society, is in response to ...

different battle same war #5: hyena in petticoats

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war #5 hyena in petticoats this rants adapted from hyena in petticoats - our ongoing multi-art-form living memorial to mary wollstonecraft.  more is now out thanks to a commission from together! 2020 disability history month.  this new work includes performance-to-camera - a lockdown demo from our council-flat-slash-backyard, an art-installation, ...

DNR_RND: Risk Harassment

Is it time the art sector started to assimilate to disabled artists rather than harassing us to assimilate to their world? Attending zoom meetings and talks during the pandemic highlighted this lack of presence of people with protected characteristics or, in some cases the same few people (with protected characteristics) being used as a safe token ...

Crippen and the surgeon who hops to it after losing his own legs

Having worked so hard at challenging the ‘tragic but brave’ stereotype of disability, it still persists, although this time with a rather ironic twist. Disability Arts Online · Surgeon Hops to it A surgeon who carried out hundreds of amputations before losing both of his own legs has accepted an award for being one of the bravest ...