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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.

more welsh poppy advice

part of project 78 miles long that takes in site of britains last insurrection (citizens of casnewydd / newport have added to date into that writing on their walls)

Is isolation good for the imagination?

Is isolation good for the imagination? For the creative process? Nothing has changed and yet...my room has walls of sunshine - a roof of sky and a window of unpredictable weather with gusts of laughter. It has eyes on the moon and ferns unfurling round my feet. My room is here and there. A glass maze ...

Liz Bentley photographing Tesco Delivery Man, no selfie as was wearing my bikini

I didn't take a photo of me this time. I was sunbathing on our Peckham Patio in my bikini. When Tesco delivery man arrived I couldn't find my clothes, just like Barbara Windsor in the Carry on films, but I'm older than she was when she did that sort of thing.  So I let the ...

Juice; Highs and Lows

Yoko Ono’s Building Piece for Orchestra from 1963 exhorts the follower to move around a building, from room to room, to open each and every door and to go from the top of the building to the bottom without making any sound. I have a careers talk to give at my old alma mata. Careers ...

Crippen asks where have we gone?!

Apart from the fact that we don’t physically get out on the streets anymore and shout about our rights as disabled people, there’s been a resounding lack of complaint from mainstream society about the way that this government are chopping apart our equality legislation. I think one of the main reasons is that we have disappeared ...

Staying Active Has Been the Key to Staying Sane

My name is Grace Roach I have had sight loss and multiple disabilities since my late teens following an accident. I have never let this hold me back from what I have wanted to achieve in life. Sometimes my disabilities have had an impact on me doubting myself and asking: "Am I good enough"? I often ...

Thank you NHS

A rainbow I made by throwing paint and asking my PA bow to draw some lines of rain and write "thank you". Cheers, Nick

Harry Josephine Giles: trans activism and confidence

DAO's Digital Influencer, Deen Hallissey talks about why transgender artists are so important to him as an autistic person https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRzsCA_keK8 Nyla Rose is first publicly transgender woman professional wrestler in the United States Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nylarosebeast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NylaRoseBeast Chelsey Manning: former soldier, proud whistleblower, activist. Twitter: https://twitter.com/xychelsea Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xychelsea87/ Munroe Bergdorf: advocate for intersectional, black, LGBTQ rights and a public figure striving to diversify ...

Crippen discovers that the DWP provide the main source of oppressive attitudes towards disabled people

Why are we not surprised to hear that people with chronic illness taking part in a recent survey, reported that the main source of oppressive attitudes they faced were when dealing with Department for Work and Pensions staff. The Energy Impairment and Disability Inclusion report (which is available to download here as a PDF) found that ...

Crippen is told that disabled people are disproportionately affected by Covid 19

New research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the Covid 19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on disabled people’s lives (Ed: No shit Sherlock!). Well, it does not take a crystal ball when you consider disabled people are more likely to be surviving on a low income, are often isolated, and at higher ...