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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.

642; At Six O’clock

642 Things To Write About invites the scribe to describe a scene where only guttural sounds are uttered. Uh huh. I remember an incident of a Gallic shrug. A six o’clock….642; At Six O’clockSleeping heads stirTo the soundNot of bird songDawn ChorusBut of bootsKicking ballsOne head awakesSo, grumpilyFor the soundOf boots thumpingBalls aroundAnnoy himPulling on ...

in these arms riots love

since 1981 we've tried talking about growing up being called psycho - 2 other friends with similarly 'colourful' names - joey deacon went on blue peter and b4 joey even became term of abuse they got in first reclaiming it and we went 'yu can do that with words?!' blowing our mind beautifully. joey got seen ...

Transformation: changing minds

Transformation is a new creative vlog series from DAO Digital Influencer Deen Hallissey. Deen expresses feelings about lockdown, both positive and negative, from the perspective of an autistic creative person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAnWCuKbV7o Deen also publishes content on his own YouTube Channel as D. H. Tarzan.

Crippen gives a Wake Up call!

We are losing the legislative safety net that we fought so hard to establish and the majority of disabled people in the UK seem unaware that it is happening. Those of us who took to the streets back in the day and demonstrated and protested about the lack of access to mainstream society, the lack of ...

Crippen exposes yet more DWP cover ups

The cover up by the DWP regarding the deaths of disabled benefit claimants continues as coroners’ reports are ‘lost’. New information shows that the missing reports were written by coroners in 2015 and 2016 and warned the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) that more disabled people would die if the department failed to act. Entitled ...

more welshpoppies

welshpoppies break all binaries - and will tour alongside banner, soundscapes, pop-up exhibition, film, publication and spokenword performance plus participation - making quick public art giving voice to all - this is waters of life. spent 37 years trying to get this heard - at last getting there. afon wysyg (river usk) - has 8,000 ...

more welsh poppy advice

part of project 78 miles long that takes in site of britains last insurrection (citizens of casnewydd / newport have added to date into that writing on their walls)

Is isolation good for the imagination?

Is isolation good for the imagination? For the creative process? Nothing has changed and yet...my room has walls of sunshine - a roof of sky and a window of unpredictable weather with gusts of laughter. It has eyes on the moon and ferns unfurling round my feet. My room is here and there. A glass maze ...

Liz Bentley photographing Tesco Delivery Man, no selfie as was wearing my bikini

I didn't take a photo of me this time. I was sunbathing on our Peckham Patio in my bikini. When Tesco delivery man arrived I couldn't find my clothes, just like Barbara Windsor in the Carry on films, but I'm older than she was when she did that sort of thing.  So I let the ...

Juice; Highs and Lows

Yoko Ono’s Building Piece for Orchestra from 1963 exhorts the follower to move around a building, from room to room, to open each and every door and to go from the top of the building to the bottom without making any sound. I have a careers talk to give at my old alma mata. Careers ...