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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 receives confirmation that inequalities experienced by disabled people have widened during the pandemic.

A new report – An Affront to Dignity, Inclusion and Equality – produced by a group of disabled academics has confirmed that the inequalities experienced by disabled people have widened during the pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen confirms that inequalities experienced by disabled people have widened during the pandemic. The report concludes that the government’s policy ...

Getting to know the DAO staff team

DAO Digital Influencer Deen Hallissey presents a film introducing you to the whole Disability Arts Online team. Expect a mixture of both silly and serious questions... https://youtu.be/RrXq4ng9vso

Am I surviving?

'It's really hard the first time, but you soon get used to being out among strangers'. I was not reassured. First off I was horrified at just how 'used to it' people seemed to be - most having reverted to their old unobservant ways much too soon. Just my third time out, masked and wearing safety ...

Waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man – Rejection and Resignation, and trying to find the sense in the Chaos

One of the reasons I love writing this blog for DAO, is that my work is totally accepted. I'm not told it needs structure, or that there have been more than 5 submissions an hour during lockdown. I love that I write and my writing gets published in it's sometimes chaotic state. There is always ...

Crippen asks, has this government lost its new Disability Unit?

Er hello … is anyone there?! One would be forgiven for thinking that the new Disability Unit staff had all gone on holiday during this recent crisis. Not a single announcement has been made by them over the past three months, despite over 22,000 disabled people having died from the Covid 19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online · ...

govern-mentals media strategy – really is ‘throw a dead cat on the table’

govern-mentals media strategy really is 'throw a dead cat on the table', they talk about it publicly (no one asks who supplied drowning street with the corpses) -

Photo; Dance the Light Fandango

I knew I had a photograph from one of my lock down projects which would fit in well with the Jon Adams #metaordinary project being promoted here on DAO and other places. I knew the outcome from my participation in the #metaordinary was going to be good. I am taken back to be able to ...

Crippen reports on Manchester Coronavirus survey

A new survey by the Greater Manchester Disabled People's Panel (GMDPP) has revealed that many disabled people in the City and surrounding area have experienced extreme hardship during the pandemic lockdown. Disability Arts Online · Crippen reports on Manchester Coronavirus survey The survey, which is in keeping with other reports from around the UK showed that: “disabled ...

Introducing Deluge – a journey through isolation

26th Dec 2019 Hong Kong artistic collaborators spoke to me about a virus that was sweeping across China radiating outwards from Wuhan Province. 9th January 2020 Had my first regular Human Antibody Transplant - Royal Brompton Hospital (she experienced multiple side effects.) 28th Feb 2020 I received her 4th Human Antibody Transplant - Royal Brompton Hospital (regular admission for twice monthly ...

Crippen looks at language

In my last Blog about the high death rate amongst learning disabled people during this pandemic, I used an article by journalist Nick Cohen as my source material. At the end of his article he spoke about the language used when talking about ‘people with learning disabilities and autism’ which Bob Williams Findlay, disabled activist ...