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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.

Section 136 applied to the Department of Work and Pensions

Today I assessed & sectioned the DWP head office, Caxton House, Tothill Street, Westminster, London - dressed in a doctor’s coat, armed with a large prescription for compassion, with friends. I checked if the DWP has a heartbeat and  couldn't find one. I then prescribed the DWP a prescription with a heart on it, printed on ...

different battle same war, the third

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war the third this text is adapted from what we wrote for the zine thats part of our show called provoked 2 madness by the brutality of wealth. in the show everyone gets a free copy of the zine and a piece of crimescenetape sending back their creative resistances ...

The System Is SIC K

When Covid-19 threatened to halt their next play, Wakefield based theatre group, Red Shed Players, turned the script into a film, titled SIC K. The docu-drama is based on interviews and encounters with sick and disabled people who have struggled to claim benefits due to the torturous system enforced by the DWP under this government. ...

That thing you’re feeling might be overwhelm…

That feeling. What is it? What is it, really, that you’re feeling right now? Oh right, it’s overwhelm. I learned about it on a zoom webinar. Like, learning is great an’ all, but I think I need to go to rehab to A) stop looking at online courses B) Stop thinking I need to learn new stuff C) Know ...

Communicating with the Tesco Delivery Man, nearly in the dark

The nights are drawing in and so are our liberties, freedoms, human rights. I feel like I'm living in a dictatorship, not a pandemic. All these RULES, I don't understand, and can't keep up with. The rule of 6? I think Doris must have spelt it wrong and meant the rule of sex, we must ...

prime-ministerial moneyshot

Crippen hears about a coronavirus grant for disabled people who cannot return to work

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson has finally emerged from wherever he’s been hiding to announce a funding initiative for those disabled people who are unable to return to their place of work and want help to work from home. Disability Arts Online · 84 DWP Grant This is an extension of the ...

Apathy

I've been doing most of my shopping online - just essentials. There have been no frivolous fripperies, until the leggings. I ordered them for gardening, but was hugely disappointed by the result and decided to return them in person. Maybe to find a more appropriate replacement? It's been 176 days since any real high street activity ...

Oska Bites: Love Bite, Review by David Sheppeard

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival based in Brighton, continues its online series of award-winning short films Oska Bites, with Love Bite, a programme which looked at LGBTQ+ and learning disability culture on film. All the films featured in Oska Bites programmes are made by, or feature in lead roles, ...

Crippen and the government’s continuing contempt for disabled people

The new government white paper on the future of the planning system completely ignores the needs of disabled people and the current accessible housing crisis. Disability Arts Online · 86 Housing The Planning for the Future document makes repeated references to the need for “beautiful new homes”, “beautiful places” and “beautiful buildings”, but with no mention ...