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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 sends Boris a ‘Get well soon’ message

I’m sure we all wish Boris a speedy recovery, but there must be quite a few of us who are pleased that the government’s lack of preparedness has come around to bite him in the proverbial. Karma I think it’s called! Get well soon anyway Boris. You are a cartoonist’s dream and we’d all miss you ...

Liz Bentley observing the 2 metres apart with her nearly extinct, Tesco Delivery Man

What a crazy world it has become. I've been busy, transferring my private therapy practice, online and working with Student Services at Lewisham College, by phone. I am very concerned about our mental health in this crisis, in my work I am hearing more about deaths from suicide, than from Coronavirus. Within my community of psychotherapists ...

Life (and art), Interrupted

Me and my fiancé Andrew were supposed to be getting married at the weekend, becoming husband and wife with all our families and friends watching. This day has been a dream of ours. Like many people with learning disabilities, it’s been a long journey for us to be married. But sadly, we had to postpone ...

Here are some terrible jokes – you’re welcome

My brain can't behave itself when it's stressed. It goes one of two ways: into the darkness or into humour. At the moment I am in the humour mode, to the point I want to ring up the RSPB and ask them to show me their tits. Anywho, I have taken the liberty of re-writing some ...

Crippen exposes the truth behind Exercise Cygnus

Heard of Exercise Cygnus? No, well don’t worry because it’s been buried so deep by this government that not many people have. Breaking ranks, the Torygraph (sic) have published a damning exposé of this government cover-up which shows that they knew almost four years ago that the NHS would not be able to cope with an ...

Is it weird that I don’t really find this weird?

It feels weird right? I’ve had that word weird in my head for a while now. That moment between not really scared and not knowing what the hell is going to happen. NO ONE in this country has ever experienced this before – super weird – and just, well, actually for some of us writers, it’s ...

Crippen adds more issues to the roll of government neglect

Call me paranoid, but is it just me that is seeing a pattern of neglect emerging from our government regarding disabled people during this Coronavirus pandemic? You’ll notice that I’ve covered quite a few issues regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the governments responses over the past several weeks: The suggestion that life-saving medical equipment is being ear-marked ...

ZEN GIRLS: Artists in Conversation

Several months ago Shape Artist Angela Edmonds had a conversation via Instagram Direct Messages with Sculptor Tony Heaton about his sculpture ZEN GIRLS, carved directly from Carrara marble. They talk about the artistic process and the thinking behind the work, which consists of two figures sitting back to back on a bench. Angela Edmonds: Good to ...

A Self-Isolating Website

I like subverting websites and showing they can be art pieces in themselves. I do try to respond to the world as it tries to convince me that my reality is problematic. I can't help but derive humour from the pain and absurdity of life. I want virtual reality to be a little more real, ...

Crippen looks at the irony of Universal Credit design

UNIVERSAL Credit claimants could face online queues of more than 30,000 people when attempting to make a claim during the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of ordinary people (sic) are suddenly being confronted with the issues that disabled people have been faced with ever since Iain Duncan Smith, former head of the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) ...