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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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213 Things About Me and plenty to discuss about autism

213 Things About Me is a podcast series which tells the true story of ‘Rose’, who was diagnosed with autism aged 36 and took her own life six months later. 213 Things About Me is told through a list of Rose’s traits, which she made immediately after being diagnosed with ...

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Crippen asks you to remember those disabled people who died before the pandemic

Just prior to the virus taking a hold within the UK, John Pring, disabled journalist had written a detailed, yet harrowing account of the disabled people who died during or following a DWP benefits assessment. This article, entitled ‘DWP – the case for the prosecution’ provided detailed information about some ...

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on drowning street erasing the d-word (disability) under covid19

recently received a northern broadsides digital squad commission - the 3 mazer films have now gone live alongside interviews. mazer are about multiple things - including how since covid19 drowning street declared eugenics and also disappeared the d-word (disability) so ...