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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.

Liz Bentley anti-social distancing with the Tesco Delivery Man and getting in touch with nostalgia and what that sometimes brings up….

Apart from this week being horrendous, and my worse lockdown week ever, some thoughts have emerged about the past and the present.  Many psychotherapists are working very much in the present, and so am I, to an extent. However, while some of us have been going through our old photos, I have also been immersed ...

Breaking sense

As a frequent traveller, I found it impossible to keep pets. I was touched when a great friend of mine appointed me godmother to her new kitten, Alfie. Alfie was a house cat and my friend’s house was not accessible, consequently when I wanted to visit my godkit he was brought to the door and handed ...

What does an autistic/ADHD neurodivergent led art workshop look like?  

*Please note. (small d for deaf not big D is how the deaf participant identifies). We are voices of many. (Written in third person is part of Elinor's ND vocabulary and traits, she flips between they, we, I, her, she).  Development Magical Women was developed in mentoring sessions with Disability Arts Online’s Trish Wheatley and Colin Hambrook. ...

Crippen looks at the barriers confronting disabled shoppers

The Disability news Service reports that at least 30 disabled people have instructed solicitors to begin legal action against various supermarkets for discriminating against them under the Equality Act by failing to make the reasonable adjustments needed for them to shop safely. Many disabled people have found it impossible to order home deliveries online, because they ...

Crippen looks at the deaths of patients in learning disabled units

Deaths in mental health hospitals and learning disability units have doubled compared with last year – with 54 of these deaths from confirmed or suspected coronavirus infections. The Care Quality Commission regulator said 106 deaths were recorded between 1 March and 1 May, compared with 51 over the same period in 2019. They have now been warned by the ...

How I Curate: The ‘Big Idea’

Hi everyone, it’s me Leah. In March I started this blog series where I will be sharing with you a little bit about myself and how I curate. Last time, I blogged about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting not only my work as a curator, but also my life more generally. In this blog I ...

PROMISES, PROMISES

Promises, Promises. Cuddly Cummings clicked his pen Clucking like a mother hen Round his blond and fluffy chick, Fearing he’d do something thick. And Boris did. Shaking hands with all he could Bojo didn’t feel so good On the day the virus got him, And the nurses’ needles shot him. So Cummings hid. Briefings then by one and all (Each one just before their fall Into burning Covid’s ...

Signs; Just The Ticket

Happy is as happy is, whatever it may be. Its not a sense I know too well. Not something I have too many words for. But today taking stock of all these forces merging within me I think I can take a pot shot at what happy may be. What might it mean to you? Signs; ...

Crippen hears from the Disability News Service that Local Authorities have started to reduce services to disabled people

It’s started … Eight local authorities in England have become the first to take advantage of emergency legislation that allows them to reduce their duties under the Care Act (See my earlier Blog). Reporting in the Disability News Service (DNS), one of the councils – Solihull – has become the first to admit that it is ...

Grace

I plan to visit here occasionally to share some of my writing process. Mostly thinking then, or my version of that, but maybe sometimes some practical ideas. To help my writing I try to read as much as I can. Partly this is to make up for lost time in a number of ways. Partly it's ...