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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.

Fortune Cookies from Psychiatry

The world is getting madder, thanks to Covid. But I was mad before it became popular. I can tell those who are hurting or head fucked that psychiatry won't save you, it will make you worse. If it was a takeaway this is what would be on the menu Crispy Aromatic Head Fuck - when you ...

2020 Vision

Last year I laboured long under these guide words; Troubadour, Collaborator and Workshop. These words were formed to guide development as an artist. Days before the year turned I had an e-exchange with two of my influencers. The ‘poet’ apparently could not should not identify as ‘artist’ unless a) they do something else with ...

Crippen agrees that disabled people should push for radical overhaul of society after pandemic

Those of us familiar with the social model understanding of disability have long advocated that it is society that needs fixing, and not those of us with ‘disabilities’ (sic). Disability Arts Online · Push for a more radical overhaul of society So, when we hear people say that they cannot wait for society to return to ‘normal’ ...

provoked 2 madness by the brutality of wealth e.p.

2 track e.p.  from project of the same name, which including touring show of the same name-supported by boost : third angel mentorship scheme in association with sheffield theatres. more dates to come in 2021 c.e. night gale was commissioned by disconsortia 2020 c.e. night gale & her son upon a heap of feathers were ...

Round up of 2020

Happy New Year to you all! I actually started a blog on confidence & what happens to it when it goes. Like seriously, where DOES it go???But I honestly lost confidence in it. Which sounds silly but is actually true. I feel like I lost a bit of confidence as 2020 started winding down. Its a ...

The Challenge – Extinction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8IAzxpps5k The Highgate Challenge on extinction actually got 3 poems out of me. I was able later to link in with Extinction Rebellion Tower Hamlets and contribute a video sequence to one of their fundraisers during lock down. Delighted to present it here. My co-reader is Jean BaylissThe Challenge – ExtinctionI remember municipal clocksBefore diamond mines ...

Crippen looks at how we’re shaping up to be discarded once again

My cartoon this week is my perception of how this government have changed the status of disabled people so much over recent years that we’ve once again become the square peg unable to fit in societies round hole. Disability Arts Online · Shaping Up to be disgarded With legislation slowly rounding off our edges over the past ...

New Year Madness Sale Now On

It's time for the sales! Who wants some madness at a reduced price? Why not part exchange some of your sanity for a better deal. This year has been a year where our stock of madness has been stuck in the warehouse due to lockdown, and people have been force feed madness from the government ...

Crippen and the misleading Minister for disabled people

The role of Minister for disabled people has had a chequered past with such diverse figures as Paul Boateng, Margaret Hodge and William Hague all being given the poison chalice for a time. Disability Arts Online · Misleading evidence from Minister for Disabled People Some, like Alf Morris who pushed through the first piece of real ...

642 – 4 Line Poem AKA Family Tradition

Reader. So what was your beloved family tradition? 642 – 4 Line Poem AKA Family Tradition He sits with silver spoon in hand waiting for a child’s hand to land upon the starched white table cloth. She has a pen within her head writing unkind words that people said. Insults used to wound the smallest occupants in this ...