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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 why Liz Kendall ignored disabled-led social care plans in major speech

You may remember a blog I did about Keir Starmer’s election campaign and his promise to make fundamental reforms, including a right to independent living enshrined in law. Disability Arts Online · Keir Starmer election promises Well, as reported in Disability News service (DNS) this all seems to have conveniently gone away as the first major speech ...

The Challenge; Uncertain Haikus

August 2019. Brexit. Remain, Leave. Will there be an election/a referendum. Nuclear war between Pakistan and India? Trump and Johnson. Racists/racists? Extinction Rebellion. How long do we have to live? The challenge for the September meeting of the Highgate Society Poetry Group is simply What Next? A poem for uncertain times. All these big issues. I am walking down a street and I ...

Crippen hears about an exciting project run and controlled by young disabled people

An exciting new project, RIP:STARS which is run and controlled by young disabled people, has issued its findings on the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and whether they meet disabled children and young people’s rights. Disability Arts Online · Young people challenge lack of education RIP:STARS, which stands for ‘Research Into Plans: Skilled ...

Hell on the NHS

It's not news to people that mental health systems are underfunded and barely hanging on. What a lot of people don't know, unless they have been in it or follow artists like me, is that the ideology behind the mental health system is under the surface about coercion, control, and condemnation, and ignores social and ...

Acorn; Day and Night

The first two lines here are as how I remember Yoko Ono’s Earth Piece V. Her instruction must have been positive but I’m inclined some times to the negative. Today is 31st July 2019. Boris Johnson has been PM for a week. Elected by the Tories not the people. His schtick is to finish Brexit. ...

latest con buster

Satirical collage featuring Boris Johnson eating an ice cream under the headlines a new form of crim and the hot vax summer

Walls. Fences, Bridges

Ask anyone. I photograph trees. Less well known I photograph walls and fences. They fascinate me. Make me question. I built my own walls. I lived inside fences. I stepped outside both into new worlds by mending bridges.     Walls. Fences, BridgesWalls. What are they there forTo keep in or keep outTo make a record Of what is mine, ...

Crippen discovers that outsourcing companies have sent almost no safeguarding referrals to councils

The three companies used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out benefit assessments have been faced with repeated criticisms over their links to deaths and serious harm caused to disabled benefit claimants. Disability Arts Online · Companies used by DWP make no attempt regarding safeguarding The companies, Atos, Capita and Maximus, have made ...

We need to talk about protecting women

With everything that's been going on over the last month I've been thinking about the shit women are just expected to deal with. I've been thinking a lot about the low levels of sexual harassment that are normalised in our society and how corrosive it is for the women. I'm not even talking about the ...

The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman with Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans

This is the first of my new blog ‘The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman’. I’d been wracking my brains with what to do after ‘Liz Bentley waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man’ and then it became obvious. I write about my own experience anyway, so why not just admit that the blog is about me. Me, ...