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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.

Origami Workshop

If you’ve been reading the Disability Arts Online blog recently and thinking ‘You know what I miss? Letty McHugh talking about trying to make an installation of 1000 origami boats’ this is the blog post for you, friend. Here are two things for you to get yourself excited about. 1. I am in fact still working ...

Crippen reveals that the five week wait for Universal Credit is completely unnecessary

Have you heard the expression ‘evidence blindness’? Well, let me give you a clue; it’s what’s happening within our welfare system and in particular with regard to the large, unnecessary delays to benefits payments. And its chief architect Iain Duncan Smith now admits that it’s not even necessary! Disability Arts Online · Crippen reveals that the ...

The Show Must Go On: Capturing the essence of the arts and its impact on the disabled community

“Art feeds the soul as much as food feeds the body, and knowledge…feeds the mind.” The message is clear: irrespective of any pandemic, a spirit absent of the arts would become distantly disparate from the unified foundation of its social circles and livelihoods. Moreover, within the disabled community, the arts are utilised as an irreplaceable ...

It’s the heat

I’ve always thrived in the warm. I love weather, but can’t actually cope with extended periods of cold. I like my snow and ice in short bursts so that the cold doesn’t get into my bones and cripple me with pain. Overcast and foggy days depress me. I’ve chased the light of clear skies with ...

Crippen and how the government has breached disabled people’s rights during the pandemic

Mike Smith, the former disability commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and now chief executive of the east London disabled people’s organisation Real, said the government’s pandemic strategy appeared to be to “protect the majority rather than those most at risk … (and that disabled people) are not a priority for the government”. Disability ...

642 Ems and Eh’s

642 says to write a scene using only sound effects. Easily done. On 25th March 2019, I was thinking through the edifying decline of a prime minister and was reminded of the time I was given short shrift for not giving Theresa May time to speak at a Rights Now Rally in Trafalgar Square. Some observers ...

No Tesco, too busy having fun at airports

...I am in one of the those 'little boy in the Emporer's new clothes' moods where I am screaming "listen all, Covid 19 is a political pandemic, the world has gone mad, don't be afraid, don't panic about anything, the more stress and cortisol you reap in your body the more you will be affected ...

Crippen reports that two thirds of those that have died during pandemic are disabled people

It’s official! Disabled people have made up two-thirds of coronavirus deaths in the UK, according to the latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and they say that we’re also 11 times more likely to die of the virus than non-disabled people. Disability Arts Online · Crippen reports that two thirds of those that ...

Crippen reveals what has happened to some ex Remploy workers

Remember when Arlington Automotive bought the final three Remploy sheltered factories and took on the disabled employees stating that they were committed to equality and diversity in the workplace? Disability Arts Online · Crippen reveals what has happened to some ex Remploy workers Well, just two months after the government put the country into lockdown, Arlington entered ...

Time to redefine ‘reality’ tv?

The one thing I've really enjoyed about lockdown is the visibility of 'ordinary' people engaged in normal creativity, on the tv screens that have become such an integral part of our homes. By normal I mean the things we, potentially, all do - the arts and crafts, the music, the poetry, the gardens, of people ...