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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 asks you to challenge the proposed changes to border policies

Apart from the travel restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the government are now making changes to border policies which means that many overseas personal assistants (PAs), who disabled people rely upon for their everyday care and support needs, can no longer come into the country and work.  We therefore need to get the government to ...

Juice; The Next Day

Inspired by Yoko’s Snow Piece, remembering one of the worse songs I know; Fairport’s “If I had a ribbon bow” and then purloining The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Gift’ plus lyrics stolen through googles searches of songs I don’t know like Dinah Washington’s ‘Make me a present out of you’, ‘Chris De Burgh’s ‘Snow is falling’ ...

My Naked Balacava Reading Group

my naked balaclava reading group didn’t really take off. I put posters up at the local church, the WI, the local library, the old people’s home, but nobody came to my first meeting when the book of the month was Pam Ayres Collection of Nude Poems. The book next month is this one about stripping. If you ...

The miracle of Zoom

I had a work call this evening, it only lasted about 40 minutes , but it took 2 days of planning to get my brain in fit state for me to show up. I needed 20 hours of sleep, 3 cups of coffee, 2 doses of industrial strength painkillers. A complicated equation of food and ...

Crippen despairs as yet another minister for disabled people bites the dust

I’ve lost count of the minister’s for disabled people who have been given the boot following their participation in yet another ill thought out strategy for our future. Just as Justin Tomlinson was about to face a common’s select committee to answer questions about his part in the national disability strategy debacle, another minister is pushed ...

manyfesto : a gift

during our time channeling fat, mad, bigkid, bisexual dissidence, promoting the right to play & disrupting edinburgh - art festival & all (thanx edinburgh printmakers & futures venture radical art fund) - we worked with a whole bunch to ask questions & come up with a manyfesto : crowdsourcing change - heres the collective work.  ...

Declaration 24; Finding Rest

Finding RestHey DudeCrosstown TrafficAll Along the Watch TowerI am king of the airwavesTalking about my generationTaking my timeMotorvating along the M4Like Chuck Berry On American highwaysDorchester boundLooking for food and drinkAnd a good timeStillStill my activist (he)ArtYet in bed at nightA dream of placardsBeside a ditchPointing to the submergenceOf a prime ministerIn a ditchInstitutionsInstitutional figuresInstitutionalized ...

Crippen and the increase in government spending … all 29.5p of it!

Well, there you have it. This government place so much value on us Crips that they’ve decided to increase spending on services for disabled people by an incredible … 29.5p per person! Launched on the back of the government’s new National Disability Strategy – which promises to bring about “practical and lasting change” – analysis by ...

con busters comes ov age

what the con party forgot to broadcast loudly was how theyre saving 1.5billion pounds annually just from pensions they dont have to pay to those who have so far died under covid - thats a lot of universal credit £20 continuity payments could be made just from that   gove in charge of levelling sundry satires can ...

What does the world of the Dragon Cello look like?

Director Kate Lovell describes creating films for Define Your Journey’s digital journey through a dragon-eye lens Trudging through long grass with my youngest daughter strapped to my front, I emerge from an archway of tree branches into open fields and across the expanse, I see it, standing proud: the enigmatic relic I’ve been seeking. I was proud ...