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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, has this government lost its new Disability Unit?

Er hello … is anyone there?! One would be forgiven for thinking that the new Disability Unit staff had all gone on holiday during this recent crisis. Not a single announcement has been made by them over the past three months, despite over 22,000 disabled people having died from the Covid 19 pandemic. You’ll probably remember the ...

govern-mentals media strategy – really is ‘throw a dead cat on the table’

govern-mentals media strategy really is 'throw a dead cat on the table', they talk about it publicly (no one asks who supplied drowning street with the corpses) -

Photo; Dance the Light Fandango

I knew I had a photograph from one of my lock down projects which would fit in well with the Jon Adams #metaordinary project being promoted here on DAO and other places. I knew the outcome from my participation in the #metaordinary was going to be good. I am taken back to be able to ...

Crippen reports on Manchester Coronavirus survey

A new survey by the Greater Manchester Disabled People's Panel (GMDPP) has revealed that many disabled people in the City and surrounding area have experienced extreme hardship during the pandemic lockdown. The survey, which is in keeping with other reports from around the UK showed that: “disabled people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic”, experiencing ...

Introducing Deluge – a journey through isolation

26th Dec 2019 Hong Kong artistic collaborators spoke to me about a virus that was sweeping across China radiating outwards from Wuhan Province. 9th January 2020 Had my first regular Human Antibody Transplant - Royal Brompton Hospital (she experienced multiple side effects.) 28th Feb 2020 I received her 4th Human Antibody Transplant - Royal Brompton Hospital (regular admission for twice monthly ...

Crippen looks at language

In my last Blog about the high death rate amongst learning disabled people during this pandemic, I used an article by journalist Nick Cohen as my source material. At the end of his article he spoke about the language used when talking about ‘people with learning disabilities and autism’ which Bob Williams Findlay, disabled activist ...

inspired by Museum of Homelessness

our new online work - inpired by Museum of Homelessness (where we are also artistic associate - another part of our lived experiences) - a blue sky idea for arts&heritage talks about the realities of homelessnesses today and how the 1824 vagrancy act is still used to harrass.  the fee is being donated to museum ...

Her Considered View of Modern Art

Following a Press Call I asked my traditionalist 1+1 for her view of the exhibition. This is;Her Considered View of Modern ArtThis is not a hitNot one bitThis is shitShit! Shit!! Shit!!! 6th March 2019 And there you have it; an informed comment expressed as criticism. We reviewers must never lose touch with the opinions of the ...

Crippen looks at the Coronavirus death rate amongst learning disabled people

Having been fobbed off by this government about the number of deaths amongst learning disabled and autistic people it has come to light that many more have died during this pandemic than the vague 2% claimed. Disability Arts Online · Crippen looks at the Coronavirus death rate amongst learning disabled people It has always been clear ...

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 sustain in the long term. We ...