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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.

‘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 ...

Crippen exposes loss of benefits in Northern Ireland

Thousands in Northern Ireland have lost their benefits in the transition to PIP system Almost one in four disabled people in Northern Ireland who were claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have had their benefit taken away during the transition to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). PIP is designed to replace DLA and is designed for those aged ...

Crippen says “just let the Tories shoot themselves in the foot!”

Well, what can I say?! Seems like if we leave the Tories alone, they’re more than capable of shooting themselves in the foot! The first one comes from Boris Johnson, who in response to a question from SNP MP Mhairi Black about whether one of her constituents had enough to live on after having her benefits ...

Crippen exposes scandal of changes to DWP health assessments

The full scandal of benefit tampering can be revealed after the DWP admitted nearly 7,000 health assessments were changed or binned over two years. Last month, the Daily Record revealed how one of two firms working for welfare chiefs had “audited” the paperwork after they were submitted by a health professional. In their latest publication the ...

Liz Bentley on our mad mad world, no Tesco Delivery Man

"You need to leave." Said the masked man. "Why?" Asked the mother, with two small children. "Coronavirus." He said. I watched while the family left the park and the man locked up. Opposite the park are flats, full of everyone, families, singletons, couples, pensioners, disabled, with no outside space. As I relish getting vitamin d, sat on my pretty ...

Crippen asks will they be withholding treatment for elderly and disabled as the virus worsens

As Dominic Cummings whispers in Boris Johnson’s ear about letting the elderly and vulnerable die off to help the economy, an open letter from Dr Matt Morgan, Intensive Care Consultant, from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, has generated much more speculation about the lack of available treatment for the Corona virus He wrote: "We will ...

Crippen asks “did you know that the Tories are going to tear up the Care Act?”

Are you aware that this government are proposing a Coronavirus Bill that will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014? This will have a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Disabled people, especially those of us who need social care support. It also potentially ...

Valentine’s Routine

This is a two hander. Bean replies to every verse. To hear her answers you need to see a perfomance of the piece. Needless to say the way its structured she’ll get the last word. Valentine’s Routine You don’t love me You wanna see me work You get the hump When you see me shirk You want to use me up All ...

Crippen compares the death rate of the Corona Virus to that held by IDS

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) must be feeling a bit side-lined as a virus comes out of nowhere and threatens to overshadow his record of deaths created whilst head of the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). I don’t suppose we’ll ever know just how many disabled people have died due to the changes made to benefits ...

Baadmowfin announces a new era for social care – Greenwich Mean Time

Bristol’s Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are protesting decisions made by their local council concerning disabled people, but without consultation with the disabled people it will impact upon. Council cuts to social care are imminent, attached to rhetoric about it being about creating better services. not cost savings, so same old story the whole country ...