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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 reminds the government that they’ve signed up to talk with disabled people

It’s well documented that this government consistently fails to involve disabled people when planning its disability strategies. It will argue that it does, although this is usually with those organisations that are not user-led or with those individual tame crips who are only in it for themselves (Ed: surely not?!). So, when we hear that ...

Hints and Tips for Lockdown No.3 or How Not to Touch Your Face

Once upon a time if you wore a towel on your head to protect yourself from an invisible enemy you would be seen as crazy. Well, I have been mad longer than the recently 'insaned' general public. There is a saying that people are only temporarily able-bodied. People are only pretending to be sane until ...

Crippen asks you to support ALLFIE in their fight for Inclusive Education

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) is concerned that disabled people’s rights to be supported within mainstream education will be suspended for up to two years under the Coronavirus Bill. The Government wants to suspend various rights disabled people have under current legislation. They are very concerned that: Disabled children with an Education, Health and Care ...

Will things change?

One month in and I could be the only life left on earth. Except ...I am blessed with food, delivered to my porch regularly. The house next door might be empty, but for the occasional light, the delusion of laughing people scurrying past my garden hedge. This could be virtual reality. Stuff that would normally anchor me to a ...

Crippen and the Greater Manchester Big Covid-19 Disability Survey

Disabled People's Groups and Organisations have compiled a questionnaire to discover what effects the Covid 19 virus has had on disabled people in the Greater Manchester area. The questions are designed to identify the issues and experiences that their members are currently facing. They need as many responses as they can get in order to make ...

The Host

I emerged from hibernation into isolation, all the while thinking about bees. My collaborative project now has a name, a website and a date to work toward. The Host will take place in the summer of 2021 at Devon Sculpture Park, depending upon the measures taken surrounding Covid19. Alongside the central installation of giant bees constructed from ...

Declaration 19; Speak Up

Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We who speak up sometimes feel lonely, threatened. Isolated and afraid we wonder why its always us putting ourselves ...

Crippen looks at the new relaxation of rules for people with autism and who are learning-disabled

We seem to have a Catch-22 situation regarding autistic and learning- disabled people who, due to a successful legal challenge about the lock-down and social distancing rules, can now apparently ignore them. It came about when some carers involved with autistic and learning- disabled people successfully challenged the government about the lock-down and social distancing rules. ...

Liz Bentley feeling sad her Tesco Delivery Man can’t come in, while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man for a long time

  It's strange now to think that Tesco Delivery Men have hugged me, got up close and leaned in when I've been doing a selfie with them. That feels such a long time ago now. I'm not isolating alone, in fact much of the week there are four or six of us (my husband and I ...

Crippen cuts through the fog of war

'The fog of war’ is an expression describing a situation where the smaller, but vital issues are missed or forgotten, overwhelmed by the larger picture. In our case, Boris Johnson is relying on the fact that the confusion of the Coronavirus is taking our attention away from changes he is making to the legislation that impacts ...