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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.

Acorn; Alive Through Time

So much pride in this one. Proud of my mate Charlet Wilson and her illustration for Alive Through Time. Jellyfish represent a simple organism that is forecast will survive climate chaos. Proud of Elinor Rowlands film interpretation of the same poem and that she felt able to take liberties with my phrasing in order to ...

Liz Bentley Delivery woman delivers a poem about nothing

The Curse What do you say behind my back? Do you attack? Because I’m unvacced (is this how you spell it?) like Novak What do you say when I don’t wear a mask? Do you shun? Like a nun (one of those abusive nuns in 1970's convent schools, not like the one in The Sound of Music who sings Climb Every ...

Pregnancy / Miscarriage / Abortion / Poetry – Part 2: Making The Decision

Please first read ‘Part 1: Finding Out’ here This blog discusses sensitive subject matter, so please only read it if and when you feel comfortable to do so, and take care of yourself when you do. Abortion brings out a whole spectrum of emotion, including humour, which has long been used to cope with dark times. ...

642; No More War

642 things to write about suggests I write about myself; physical appearance and personality as if a character in a book. I check for an oblique strategy which speaks of left channel, right channel, center channel. It's the week after the election. I cast my vote. I see the other side but have no respect for ...

Crippen hears how severely ill patient ordered to leave hospital to attend Job Centre

A coroner has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make urgent policy changes after it ordered a disabled patient to leave hospital to visit a Job Centre, despite being severely ill with a condition that later killed him. Terence Talbot was being treated for drug hypersensitivity syndrome, while also being detained under ...

2021: Annual Highlights

As I come to reflect back on the past year it's hard not comment on what a difficult year 2021 was – a year of uncertainty and fear when many disabled communities were made to feel abandoned by the government’s failure to take disabled lives into consideration when making decisions and drawing up national policies. ...

Pregnancy / Miscarriage / Abortion / Poetry – Part 1: Finding Out

This blog discusses sensitive subject matter, so please only read it if and when you feel comfortable to do so, and take care of yourself when you do. In particular, if you have accidental pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion experience yourself, perhaps read this at home with home comforts at hand. This account is from the ...

Crippen applauds disabled protesters who are prepared to face prison

Disabled activists Dolly Sen and Ellen Clifford have stated that they are prepared to break the law, and even go to prison, if the government succeeds in bringing in new legislation that will see the criminalisation of protest. Disability Arts Online · 174 Protesters They were both speaking at the online launch of Dolly’s new documentary, Broken ...

The Air Is Full Of Brussel Sprouts

Love em or hate them they are here they exist. Can't believe I may have never posted my xmas song here before For those of you who want to sing along - a lyric sheet for the original version The air is full of brussel sprouts Only recently eaten Your bottom reeks of fetid breath But you won't be beaten Not with ...

Crippen sums up another year under Tory misrule.

Well, there we have it boys and girls. Another year in which the government has continued to erode our rights and smuggle yet more discriminatory legislation under the radar. You wonder how they do it, what with all of the partying allegedly going on! Disability Arts Online · 174 Protesters In the old days, the Yule celebrations ...