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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 brings together some facts indicating the imminent sell-off of our NHS

  Remember Boris’ infamous Brexit bus, which promised that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m a week for the NHS? Well, he’s at it again! Having promised to ‘upgrade 20 hospitals and build 40 new ones’, an independent fact-checking charity has found the refurbishment of only six hospitals with no further work planned … ...

Liz Bentley and giardia while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Woman

How exciting it was when the delivery man was a woman, and what a lovely large cucumber she bought me, well in its sell by date. This weeks shopping was hard for me to do because I had nausea. I'm too old to be pregnant and I soon put two and two together and realised it ...

Crippen reports on why the high courts found that the DWP acted unlawfully

Two disabled campaigners identified as TP and AR, have delivered another humiliating defeat to The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) through the High Courts. The DWP tried to defend their actions involving a huge drop in income for severely disabled people moving on to Universal Credit but was told by the courts that this ...

Odyssey: A dream-like journey where nothing might have happened, except it did.

In November 2018 I answered an open call to disabled artists by ArtShape for artwork on the theme of Odyssey, for their Art Bridge Evolve Project. I submitted a 3 minute video entitled Passing Through. Imagine my joy when I opened the email from the organisers saying my video had been accepted. It would be displayed ...

Crippen exposes the possible real agenda behind the Tory Disability Strategy

The Tory Government is to introduce an “ambitious” new strategy, supporting disabled people in all aspects and phases of their life. They state that they will use “all the levers of Government” to support disabled people to achieve their full potential. In the background notes to the Queen’s speech at the end of last year, the ...

Crippen’s latest cartoon asks what will the current minister for Disabled People, Health and Work do for us crips?

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, we now have a new Minister for Disabled people – Justin Tomlinson MP … well, actually, a new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to be exact (yes, they’ve changed the job title again!) – so he’s stretched pretty thin. AND he’s only a junior minister! Although having ...

Signs; Not Shutting Up

I can’t remember the film poster I cribbed these lines from. It was there in my local tube station. At the bottom of the stairs. When I stole the slogan I’m sure it had another resonance for me than the lyrics formed today. Might have had something to do with stammering. Might have something to ...

Liz Bentley being comforted by the Tesco Delivery Man

I've been away, it was good to come home to a Tesco Delivery. One of the issues of internet shopping is sizing. I have in the past got excited about offers on wine, only to find when delivered they were little bottles, the same with coleslaw, and silver hoop earrings from Amazon. Today, it was ...

Women’s Art Activism – Provocation and Politics: The Personal is Political

Join me on 8 March 2020 at 1pm Parliament Square at the statue of Millicent Fawcett to march and celebrate International Women’s Day with Performance Artist Michelle Baharier AKA MichelleDuchamp, Michelle Anglo and @dyslxicRant on twitter or @bahariermichelle on Instagram Be your own personification of a woman who inspires you and perform with me to make this a day ...

Cartoonist Crippen comments on the Government’s refusal to assess the impact of benefit sanctions

Campaigners have responded with anger when it was revealed that the government has refused to assess the impact benefit sanctions have on people’s mental health despite repeated warnings they can cause long-lasting damage to the wellbeing of claimants and their families. This is despite warnings over the past several years from Britain’s leading psychologists urging ministers ...