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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 looks at the irony of Universal Credit design

UNIVERSAL Credit claimants could face online queues of more than 30,000 people when attempting to make a claim during the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of ordinary people (sic) are suddenly being confronted with the issues that disabled people have been faced with ever since Iain Duncan Smith, former head of the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) ...

Coronavirus Bill frees up psychiatrists to fight COVID19

The Coronavirus Bill became the Coronavirus Act and passed into law last week. It included changes to mental health legislation which is not yet in force. Only one doctor will be needed to section someone, and sections will be able to last longer without review. Those of us who have been on the receiving end of ...

Self Isolating

I do actually like my own company - which is just as well. I have friends who pale at the mere idea of being alone with themselves. And I am fortunate in having space. With both a house and a garden, I have options. Since acquiring wheels I have become accustomed to social distancing. Social isolation follows ...

Corona 4 – My Intention

Its the corona virus lock down. I have been identified as extremely vulnerable. Even though I don’t feel as if I am as labeled I am behaving, staying in. Poetry is a boon. I am following and releasing this first to Corona Verse Poems for a Pandemic, a facebook page administered by Janine Booth and ...

Tips for Lockdown or How to Shave the Eyebrows off a Potato

I hope people are holding out ok. I live in my own head a lot of the time, which has its weird lockkdowns, and the flashes of the weird virus of the past infecting the present, but a lot of the time, it is my own beautiful, spectacular cosmos. I make a world to laugh ...

Crippen asks, “Is eugenics influencing government policy?”

Disabled people have long been the focus for those who support the eugenics movement. From the extremes practiced by the Nazi party during WWII when over 200,000 disabled people were killed and more than twice the number were sterilised, to such statements as made by George Bernard Shaw who advocated the issue of colour coded ...

The Challenge; Grandad

The Highgate Society Poets set a challenge to write about a grandparent or as they put it; a grandma, grandpa or grand other. The Challenge; Grandad The head of my clan Was a tic tac man Careless with his shop He’d sooner be off To the gee gees Or Perry Barr dogs Waving fingers Placing odds Taking the workers wages The head of my clan Had no ...

Crippen queries why DWP officials have pocketed over £1m in bonuses

Senior officials at the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) have recently pocketed over £1m in bonuses as a reward for their work in the Tory flag  ship benefits-cutting department. This, despite criticism from opposition MPs, groups and organisations of disabled people, and anti-cuts campaigners, including family and friends of those people who have died following ...

Crippen asks – “Are you important enough to have access to the best care?”

As ‘high profile people' start getting Corona virus symptoms, it will be interesting to see the different levels of care that are being offered! At the time of going to Press, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) and Nadine Dorries (Health Minister) have all tested positive for the virus. So, how come they’ve all had ...

‘Self’ distancing

Ages ago I became a contact-free zone. People no longer offered to shake my hand. Hugging has become almost extinct. Today I reap the benefits of years of involuntary social distancing. (How good we have a name for it) And to think I moaned, crept into a silent defensive shell or protested loudly - all depending on ...