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Disability equality is passé. Inclusion is old school. Access is now!

The subject of disabling barriers is deeply boring, tedious and time-consuming. Ask any funder, curator, commissioner, or other provider of arts opportunities what they think and what they do about disabling barriers, and they react in one of two ways.

  1. They think you're (just) a university student writing a
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eton mess – aka all yu need to know ever

it is full lockdown minus shielding letters (did yu get yrs - we didnt get ours either) but with students free to roam (no offence on students) plus prime-minister-whose-surname-is-yank-slang-for-penis-and-he-is-afterall-born-there got out the unbranded correction oh-so-white fluid (theres a blob round goves nose as we speak) and erased the word lockdown ...

MRI brain scan with a corridor drawn in pen where the brain should be

The Landscapes of my Brain at neXus Exhibition 2020

Further adventures into the landscape of my brain... When the clutter in my head becomes so noisy that I can’t function, I reach for a black pen and I draw. Afterwards my brain begins to calm, leaving me able to think a little clearer. Rather than a single line, I use ...

I Cannot Stand By and Watch this Happen Any More. How Can I Make Them See?

Neurodivergent and Magical Women artist, Gemma Abbott calls for an end to ableism towards Neurodivergent artists. The Effect of Lockdown on Worldwide Communities 2020 has been an interesting year so far. And watching from a distance, from within the walls of our houses, has helped to clarify some things. It has ...

Digital images with swirling lines in hues of green and purple, a woman in shown with her back to the viewer

Visual artists Rachel Gadsden UK and Jeremy Hawkes Australia: Creating Deluge during Covid-19

About a year ago I received an email from Australia, from an artist who was applying for an Australian Council of the Arts Grant award, writing to enquire if I would be interested in being part of the grant vision. And with his tremendous award success - Jeremy Hawkes became such ...

Black text shaped to resemble the profile of a person's head. The text reads life is simple, open yur mind, arms and heart to new things and people

Time to redefine ‘reality’ tv?

The one thing I've really enjoyed about lockdown is the visibility of 'ordinary' people engaged in normal creativity, on the tv screens that have become such an integral part of our homes. By normal I mean the things we, potentially, all do - the arts and crafts, the music, the ...

Home2Home

My online installation Home2Home is what it says in it’s title. A communication between a disabled artist, from the confines of my home to other disabled artists in their’s. And the sharing of experiences of lockdown and how it is affecting our access to our creativity. As for me, Covid ...

7 people in a Zoom video call

Getting to know the DAO staff team

DAO Digital Influencer Deen Hallissey presents a film introducing you to the whole Disability Arts Online team. Expect a mixture of both silly and serious questions... https://youtu.be/RrXq4ng9vso

A white man smiles at the cmaera, he has two computer screens set up with various windows of Zoom and Skype calls open

What we’ve learnt about online access during the Covid-19 crisis

When we finalised our business plan objectives back in December 2019, I had no idea how crucial our objective to “undergo development and experimentation in new online events” would become! Previously, we relied heavily on the knowledge of partner organisations and relatively high-cost third-party access solutions that our budget couldn’t ...

A bowl of about a dozen jewelry rings rings

A purple surprise

After getting an email from Disability Arts Online's Editor Colin about Jon Adams DAO project which will result in a ‘testament created from our solitude’, I didn't hesitate, or dither. It wasn't difficult deciding on a subject. I took a photo of the rings I had taken off at the ...