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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.

CRIPtic Arts: Alice Christina-Corrigan Podcast Episode 3

In the third installment of the podcast we sit down with Alice Christina-Corrigan. We talk all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance and more. Alice is a visually impaired actor and theatre maker who is passionate about bridging the gap between theatre and accessible theatre; using music, language and creative captioning to make new and inclusive shows. Based ...

My review of the one-woman play Sophie

I recently got the chance to see the Hiding Place Theatre’s play Sophie at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. I won’t lie, I was a bit wary as I’ve seen autobiographical pieces in the past which have been really good, but like all theatre, some of my experiences have been quite bad. For example, if it’s ...

A Poem.

People tell us to stand tall But how can when we’ll likely fall
 People look forward to going and getting legless
B ut would you if you woke with no legs? It can happen to anyone
So what happens when your ours to shun. Holding on to the dream
An independent life
W ith no heartbreak no sacrifice
 But that’s so much harder than it seems. Living ...

CRIPtic Arts | Tom Ryalls Podcast Episode 2

In this second episode Mik Scarlet sits down with Tom Ryalls to discuss all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance and more. Tom is a writer and theatre maker who creates 'childish' shows for an adult audience. He provides people with the opportunity to be playful and to examine the systems that run our world in ...

Crippen supports the call for the end of the WCA

A disabled independent disability studies researcher is finding it disturbing that the Disability Benefits Consortium is failing to support the user-led disabled community in its call for an end to the seriously flawed Work Capability Assessment (WCA). As the research lead for the Preventable Harm Project that she led for ten years, Mo Stewart points to ...

CRIPtic Arts | JAMIE HALE Podcast Episode 1

In the first episode the brains behind the company Jamie Hale talks to producer Mik Scarlet about all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance on 19th and 20th November 2021 and what is next for Jamie. Grab a cuppa and come join us for the first episode! Jamie Hale is a queer / crip artist, curator, poet, ...

Black Widow 11

New to Black Widow? Why not go back to the first installment and catch up with the fan club. Steve felt safe on the streets. Little fazed him. Crowds, gangs. He thought he had the power to simply disappear from view. The crowd, the gang; approached. He just walked through it. Immune to danger. As safe ...

Signs; Standard Size

The dominant medical model always sought to have its say so I guess I just rebelled and took the other direction. I didn’t always make the wisest choices. Standard Size They say wash your hands I don’t They say vaccinate I won’t They say make your plans I don't They say I vacillate I won't Basically they can say What they say When they say How they ...

Crippen hears that ATOS may be returning to carry out DWP assessments

Disabled activists reacted with horror after learning that the former government contractor ATOS could soon be carrying out “fitness for work” tests again, six years after being forced to withdraw from its assessment contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). ATOS withdrew from the contract with DWP in 2015, following years of negative publicity ...

Disability Activism in Lockdown

Activism within the disabled community is becoming more and more important, considering the political state of the world at the moment. Activism as a whole has taken a more central role in society generally since the BLM Movement. But like all the equality movements in the world right now should it be called activism, because ...