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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 of funding that will be used to build evidence of DPO crisis

New research will seek crucial evidence of the “serious crisis” facing Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across England. Disability Arts Online · Funding to build evidence of DPO crisis Inclusion London told the Disability News Service (DNS) that they have secured £80,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to research the state of England’s “chronically under-resourced, fragmented and ...

Black Widow 6

Late comers to ‘Black Widow’ may wish to go back to the start which began here.He rolls a five. Calls Spring Onions. Spring’s not in. Cheese is absent. Names of bands roll around his head. The Real and the Invented. He listens to his voices. Wondering as he does so. Do these men round my ...

what did yu do in ‘the good war’ – um, satire

folks will have seen some of these previously across the course of the eugenics campaign against us - 'a good war' is collectively online see below.  heres some recent ones from series 'make orange great again' and series 'operation save face'.  love&rage   https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157713580127022

Crippen looks for the scheme that was designed to amplify the voices of disabled people

Do you remember two years ago when the government announced that they’d be setting up nine regional networks to “amplify” the voices of disabled people? Well, two years later and five of them haven’t even held a single meeting! Disability Arts Online · The scheme to amplify the voices of disabled people According to Justin Tomlinson, the ...

Tesco Delivery Man and I’m still in my dressing gown. What is going on?

What a few weeks. Where shall I begin? Insomnia. Two weeks of waking up two hours after I went to sleep, then spending the rest of the night thinking, putting two and two together to make four, four and four together to make exactly eight, a hundred and a hundred, and so it went on. ...

different battle same war 4: learning to soar with Dave Toole

Disability Arts Online · different battle same war 4: learning to soar with Dave Toole we had intended to record a different rant. we were going to talk about the governmentals' beta, as in betamax, careers advisory service that's just gone online. we were going to tell you that about we genuinely submitted various govern-mental ministers, ...

Crippen pays tribute to the irreplaceable Sian Vasey

Disabled activists have paid tribute this week to Sian Vasey – a much-loved, “multi-layered activist” who played a “pivotal role” in the disabled people’s movement for more than 40 years – who died last week. Disability Arts Online · Crippen pays tribute to Sian Vasey A stream of messages on social media mentioned her contributions as a ...

Crippen discovers that the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is planning to … er?!

As most of us are aware, face-to-face assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and other healthcare benefits have been suspended since March and the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online · New boss of DWP is planning to ... erm?! In its place telephone and paper-based assessments have been used to determine how ...

Another kind of asylum

Colin Hambrook discusses the psychological implications of creating in isolation for the Deluge project Rachel has asked me to respond to a few disparate elements of the work-in-progress, which will become Deluge. Five artists from the UK, Hong Kong and Australia have been collaborating over the internet, sharing thoughts, ideas and responding to each other’s works. ...

Initial; Patch Remembered

A First Time for Everything demands memory of a first pet. Patch was his name. I remember two things about him; his vomit and him coming to see me at school Initial; Patch Remembered Patch pukes spaghetti On a linoleum floor That leads to the step To the garden Burial place Of forgotten rabbits Mauled by urban foxes Sliding into street lit darkness Patch popped ...