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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.

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The Challenge; Sound Effects

This months challenge set by the Highgate Society's Poetry Group.... write about sounds. These i heard on my journey to University College Hospital London where I received radiotherapy for prostrate cancer, (fully cleared now the message remains clear for men of a certain age - go get yourself checked out) and on the way back ...

government to ban laughing

couldnt they pick on someone their own size, say the taliban?

Declaration; Our Property – No Longer Ours

Article 17 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights.1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. 2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property. Our Property – No Longer OursOur property Our placeIs no longer ours.The contract is signedOur names not thereOur property – no longer ...

different battle same war 10 – little voice healing

Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 10 burn still plays out. we are calling for little voice healing. war against the planet herself. . our voices, our words, our stories have been weaponised marketised medicalised tony blair's beloved, dangerous personality disorder going through when i was locked up one time, but i wasn't bombing the ...

Initial; Flight

What do you think this is a picture ofFlightBirds fly high in the sky they sayJust like me on holidayAnd then again Some they soarSome they glideI sit and wait for landingAnd then againAnd then againI would be IcarusSave for the mechanicsSave for the contraptionAnd then againI stand on this boughI stand on this ledgeAnd ...

Visualising Dance with Dance Dosti

Dance practitioner Aparajita Burjwal shares her background, and experience in helping to create Dance Dosti, a multilingual dance initiative for people with sight loss from a South Asian background. Dance has always been a part of my life. It’s been mostly at the forefront, but latent at times too. Our relationship has transformed and evolved over ...

Crippen has a wake-up call about racism

I’ve recently had a wake-up call from a couple of young black poets, whose work has slashed open the complacency screen that I’ve unwittingly stretched between myself and the increasing accounts of racism that are an everyday occurrence in the UK. I’m not racist, or so I tell myself. I like to believe that I ...

A Thorne in the side

It was so refreshing to hear the television writer Jack Thorne recently giving a James MacTaggart lecture. It's a keynote address that's part of the annual The Edinburgh International Television Festival. I punched the air as Thorne crackles with emotion through this broadcast. He comes across as kind of astonished, if not amazed that he's ...

Crippen hears that International organisation of disabled people is involved in ‘We the 15’ campaign

Well, it looks as though the organisers of We The 15 have now promised that groups and organisations of disabled people will be involved in the running and organisation of the campaign. Disabled journalist John Pring from Disability News Service (DNS) has been able to secure assurances from both the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International ...

100 Meters; A Special School Education

Woke up one morning and realised I had majored in queueing, whittling and thievery A Special School EducationA long winding snakeOf children looking for lightAt the end of the queueLight reflecting in foodReflecting in sweets, in treatsIn activity and necessary medicationsQueuing is to the tasteOf the administrationQueuing holds the taste of orderQueuing’s a method of controlThe ...