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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 hears that Scotland could be set for ‘ground-breaking’ move on UN convention

Get the removal company sorted folks, it looks like we might all be moving to Scotland! Disability Arts Online · Ground breaking Scottish move We hear through Disability News Service that disabled people in Scotland could be set for “ground-breaking” improvements to the “protection, progression, and promotion” of their human rights, after their government pledged to ...

REALM 01: Abstract

Another from the exhibition with a slight amendment today. The thing with tuning into memories that have been put away for many years is the memory might not be all that pleasant. So how do you turn the returning into a better outcome.   AbstractGrain, Still waterRipple, Water movesDeep vivid bluesNew purple huesA wheel turningA cog grinds ...

Crippen discovers pandemic backlog means PIP claimants could lose support while waiting in queue

Latest catch-22 scenario from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) comes to light as claimants of disability benefits who successfully overturned decisions at tribunal are being told their support could still be cut off. Disability Arts Online · Backlog means PIP claimants could lose support This means the government is effectively “punishing people for having asserted ...

nurse tells p.m. sharp scratch

to mark april fools 2021 c.e. aka the day gove-mentals say were to stop shielding & go out & ... die? more con busters & 'boris fixed it for me' badges are being posted here  

Crippen hears from our brothers and sisters at the TUC disabled workers online conference

The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, speaking at this year’s annual TUC disabled workers online conference about the government and their appalling record of a complete disregard of disabled people during the current pandemic, told conference: Disability Arts Online · TUC and the shadow of eugenics “There was all that talk about herd immunity, survival of ...

Liz Bentley and the Tesco van a year on

I’m at a loss That’s just it Elizabeth Kubler Ross It’s been over a year But these stages you describe Do not work For the here and now A year on. I’ve been looking back over my blogs. Should I publish them? Just in case the world crashes. Bury a book so it gets found in one hundred years. I don’t feel as ...

Juice; Blame It On The Stone

From Yoko’s Ono’s Tape Piece I, an unnumbered page in Grapefruit given to a typo, requesting that I ‘tape a stone aging’. Through this instruction I become stone, stone from common ground, a stone that gets thrown round and round. During my depressions i become as numb as stone. In retrospect, looking at the words, ...

Crippen says: All the world’s a stage … except if you’re disabled!

How to spend some £2.6 million on a stage that doesn’t even give a passing nod to current access guidance … but then again, why would a disabled person need to use it? Disability Arts Online · Boris and his new, innaccessible media stage The build and design of Boris Johnson’s new media stage says more ...

Crippen hears about the fight to drag the WCA back into the light of day

Crippen hears how disability studies researcher, Mo Stewart, is continuing her campaign towards bringing the ongoing atrocity of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) out of the dark corner that it’s been assigned to by this current government. Disability Arts Online · The fight to bring the WCA back on the agenda Mo’s focus is getting the disturbing ...

Crippen asks is protesting still a fundamental right?

Guardian journalist John Crace sums up the government’s current attitude towards protest in his usual witty style. Disability Arts Online · Protesting, but without the noise! He writes: “The right to protest is a fundamental liberty, Patel insisted. Just so long as it wasn’t done in a way that was noisy or annoying to her. From ...