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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 discovers that 6 out of 10 people who have died from COVID-19 are disabled

Mehrunisha Suleman, Senior Research Fellow at the Health Foundation has responded to the latest statistics on Covid related deaths from the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS). She said: “COVID-19 has had an unequal impact on disabled people who have been among the hardest hit in terms of deaths from the virus. Worryingly, ONS’ data confirms this trend, showing ...

Initial; Walter’s Bike

So what was your first bike like? Bikes and me? We rode together from time to time. Not that often. My first real memory of a bike concerned another. She had a trike. It was a mobility aid. We’d play together. We’d discover new worlds. I got a bike eventually. May have been a Raleigh. ...

more con busters – bodies pile high

  taken from ongoing con busters https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157718826415583

Black Widow 10

Black Widow 10Steve foraged. Having foraged he found. Having found he recognised the statute of his limitations. Raising his hand to eye he looked to the sun and called upon it to use a beam to heat his walnut. Meanwhile Stella was feeling as if she had reached an age where she needed to submit ...

Declaration 23; The Right To Work

1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. 2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. 3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his ...

Crippen and further delays to the publication of the government’s disability strategy.

I think that we can safely say that we are now into summer and that the cross-government disability strategy which was to be published early in the Spring hasn’t yet happened. Disability Arts Online · Further delays to publication of disability stategy But don’t worry, the so called Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson has told MPs ...

Liz Bentley Delivery Woman – just keep on keeping on

Rosie Wilby’s book launch ‘The Break-up Monologues’. Quote: “Statistically speaking lesbians go through more break-ups in a lifetime than anyone else.” And Liz Bentley I'm only 2 per cent lesbian. My blog ‘From Essex to London in 101 boyfriends’ reveals 101 break-ups. Maybe that’s why Rosie and I have gotten on so well. We have followed a ...

A Star is Born: Singer and now Dancer Catherine Pugh on Moving ‘Like a Dancer’

My name is Catherine Pugh. I’m from North Wales and I have Diplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy.  I am part of the Administrative Team for the NHS Physiotherapy Department at the Community Hospital in my area. My other part of life has been running Buzz-AH! a performing arts charity that I founded and set up in 2002.  ...

Crippen hears about four Tory peers who launch a blistering attack on disabled colleagues

At the same time that the government prepares to publish its cross-government national disability strategy, which disability minister Justin Tomlinson has claimed will “remove barriers and make this country more inclusive for disabled people”, four Tory peers have launched a blistering attack on their disabled colleagues. Disability Arts Online · Tory Peers launch attack on disabled ...

100 Meters; Radical Health Outcomes

14th August 2021 the Mental Health Resistance Network are having a picnic in Hyde Park to protest the notion “work is a health outcome” for mental distress as cited in the NHS long term plan. I protest the notion too given that it is a blanket and thoughtless statement. I fancy a picnic. Will I be ...