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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.

con busters comes ov age

what the con party forgot to broadcast loudly was how theyre saving 1.5billion pounds annually just from pensions they dont have to pay to those who have so far died under covid - thats a lot of universal credit £20 continuity payments could be made just from that   gove in charge of levelling sundry satires can ...

Neurodivergent Privilege

Hi, I’m Carrie and I’m a neurodivergent, queer illustrator. Last year I was commissioned through DAO’s covid commissions to make a series of illustrations documenting my journey through the pandemic, which I’ll do a separate post on reflecting back on it, but you can see it HERE. My first post is on my experience of ...

What does the world of the Dragon Cello look like?

Director Kate Lovell describes creating films for Define Your Journey’s digital journey through a dragon-eye lens Trudging through long grass with my youngest daughter strapped to my front, I emerge from an archway of tree branches into open fields and across the expanse, I see it, standing proud: the enigmatic relic I’ve been seeking. I was proud ...

Crippen hears about the revival of direct action

I don’t know. I take a week off in order to move house and what happens … the peasants are revolting, that’s what happens. And not before time! It’s taken Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to revive the tradition of direct action onto the streets and to confront this government about its callous and inhuman treatment ...

My Vaccinated husband with me the Unvaccinated Delivery Woman

I haven’t written for a while. Since writing the letter below last week, I realise only now how deep the effect of grief and rejection has been these last few months. It came to an almighty head at the weekend when a button was pushed and my shoulders could not take anymore. The ultimate rejection from ...

What is family?

What is family? How does it define you? For me it’s all about the memories that you collect throughout the years. Here are some memories and stories of me and my family but before we get into that I’m going to tell you about my family. I come from a big family, a family of ...

My Visit to the David Hockey Exhibition

I wanted to tell you about the David Hockey exhibition at the royal Academy of Arts, the reason being I enjoyed it so much. ‘In the midst of the pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.’ I visited this show ...

Mind the Gap: Staging Change Case Study

I've long been a big fan of Mind The Gap's work. They are one of the leading learning disability theatre companies in the UK and have made some incredible achievements. Mia: Daughters of Fortune, Contained, Zara and the more recent A LIttle Space and Mirror, Mirror - all those shows involved some big issues around ...

100 Meters; Ronaldo Played For Swindon

Ronaldo Played For SwindonLast night when sleeping I dreamtRonaldo signed for Swindon With the triplet Lock brothersConcerned about inflationAnd keeping up with earningsGlad at least that everyoneWas sharing all the burdenThe rich and the poor peopleFor our lovely NHSNot for horrid social careAnd those sad fucking cripplesFor three more years at leastBallsJup’s shifty sleight of ...

The Challenge; Sound Effects

This months challenge set by the Highgate Society's Poetry Group.... write about sounds. These i heard on my journey to University College Hospital London where I received radiotherapy for prostrate cancer, (fully cleared now the message remains clear for men of a certain age - go get yourself checked out) and on the way back ...