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Jolene as a child in Classical Indian Dance pose

The View from Goa

Jolene Dias shares her experience of growing up in India and pursuing her artistic ambitions in England. An Early Love of the Arts My name is Maria Antonia Jolene Dias, and I am known as Jolene. I am originally from Goa.  I have Muscular Dystrophy but this has not deterred me from ...

cartoon about broken promises

Crippen asks why Liz Kendall ignored disabled-led social care plans in major speech

You may remember a blog I did about Keir Starmer’s election campaign and his promise to make fundamental reforms, including a ...

The Challenge; Uncertain Haikus

August 2019. Brexit. Remain, Leave. Will there be an election/a referendum. Nuclear war between Pakistan and India? Trump and Johnson. Racists/racists? Extinction Rebellion. How long do we have to live? The challenge for the September meeting of the Highgate Society Poetry Group is simply What Next? A poem for uncertain times. All these big issues. I am walking ...

cartoon about young people's research

Crippen hears about an exciting project run and controlled by young disabled people

An exciting new project, RIP:STARS which is run and controlled by young disabled people, has issued its findings on the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and whether they meet disabled children and young people’s rights.

Hell on the NHS

It's not news to people that mental health systems are underfunded and barely hanging on. What a lot of people don't know, unless they have been in it or follow artists like me, is that the ideology behind the mental health system is under the surface about coercion, control, and ...

Walls. Fences, Bridges

Ask anyone. I photograph trees. Less well known I photograph walls and fences. They fascinate me. Make me question. I built my own walls. I lived inside fences. I stepped outside both into new worlds by mending bridges.     Walls. Fences, BridgesWalls. What are they there forTo keep in or keep outTo make a ...

a cartoon about calous attitudes of benefits assessors

Crippen discovers that outsourcing companies have sent almost no safeguarding referrals to councils

The three companies used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out benefit assessments have been faced with repeated criticisms over their links to deaths and serious harm caused to disabled benefit claimants. Disability Arts Online · ...

We need to talk about protecting women

With everything that's been going on over the last month I've been thinking about the shit women are just expected to deal with. I've been thinking a lot about the low levels of sexual harassment that are normalised in our society and how corrosive it is for the women. I'm ...

Liz and Chad Varah

The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman with Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans

This is the first of my new blog ‘The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman’. I’d been wracking my brains with what to do after ‘Liz Bentley waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man’ and then it became obvious. I write about my own experience anyway, so why not just admit that the ...

Photo of performer Cian Binchy looking askance in front of the camera

Deen Hallissey speaks to Cian Binchy

DAO's Digital Influencer Deen Hallissey chats with his old buddy and fellow digital influencer for Access All Areas, Cian Binchy about art and acting. A transcript of this conversation is available here.