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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.

As the government gamble with our lives Crippen looks at the question of trust

People call me an old cynic when it comes to having any trust in this government to do what’s best for disabled people. In the past when we were locked away in residential homes and the only way that the general public knew of our existence was when a ‘special’ bus, carrying disabled people to ...

Solitude

Something that surprises me is the difference it makes having time. There seem to be different types of time. One is where I have time to do the things I need to do to function as well as I can. In 'normal' life I find it hard to ringfence this time from 'normal' time. Obligations, ...

welshpoppies break all binaries

more to be said creatively on welshpoppies - lengths of afon wysg / river usk, keeping us alive many times - they arent 'war-rememberings' or 'pain-relievings' but childhood wavings from b4 ...

Black Widow 4

Late comers to 'Black Widow' may wish to go back to the start which began here. Down the road. Down the road he came across a lazing Lazy Susan wondering if she was fit like a pig on a spit for turning. Barely moving, somnambulately, bearlike moving, hardly opening lips she emitted a long slow imperceptible ...

Crippen looks at the language of the pandemic

More and more the language around the coronavirus pandemic is being framed around the ethos of ‘survival of the fittest’. “Most people recover and it’s only the chronically sick and disabled that are more likely to die” says the media dismissively. It’s a sentiment that I’ve heard constantly over the past few weeks, as though ...

Liz Bentley feeling the grief, while waiting for the ever more important smiles from the Tesco Delivery Man

I really didn't know what to write about today. I asked my friend, and before she could answer, I said "Grief', loss", that's it. That really is the only sense I have right now, two deaths that are closer to me this week, one from cancer, one from CV, and the new knowledge of CV ...

How do I feel in lockdown? I feel free.

Free as in I can wander places I didn’t know existed, in my one hour of sanctioned exercise, to green hills not so far away but always covered in people with sturdy eyes and whose skin tans, more than one turning away so not for the likes of me. Now I can wait by the ...

Intro to Magical Women: Follow us into the woods

  Alive the trees are hot under my feet, their roots I feel tremble beneath the earth. There is a swelling, under my toes, ripples. Stretch out to oceans, there is an untangling of ribbons flowing free. Like hope flying high with wind into cold shimmering skies. Like a star burst to the brim. We are Magical Women.   This is our first blog ...

Crippen gives the heads-up for a Parliamentary Survey

Oops, nearly missed this one. Although they have said that people can still respond after the closing date. So, here goes … A Parliamentary Select Committee have been set up to find out how the measures put into effect regarding the pandemic have impacted on disabled people – although they have used the term ‘people with ...

Initial; Forever Absent

So, the Initials book requires today, 2 days short of my next birthday, that I write about my first memorable birthday. The book requires that I mark the age it happened, the location, remember presents, describe the cake and list the guests so I trawl through memories and recognise I never really had birthdays because ...