I believe that production companies, feature films, television projects etc. should be penalized either by a tax fine,or some sort of fine should they choose to hire a Able-Bodied actor for a role requiring a person with a Disability. I think if you penalize producing organizations where it really counts in their pocketbook and wallet they will start to care and do the right thing. I, seriously, question whether companies ...more »
4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues
What ideas do you have within your particular art form or your particular disability community? For example, what new opportunities have emerged for Deaf theater artists, for physically-integrated dance, or for filmmakers with disabilities, and how did they come about? What ideas do you have for how arts and disability organizations can work better together to increase opportunities?
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Stage of film producers are not generally aware that they might include actors/singes with disabilities. Grants can insist that auditions include these artists. Often, even if the performing artist with a disability gets auditioned, the producer hesitates -- will a deaf artist need a costly interpreter? Will a wheelchair artist require special accommodations? These challenges can be overcome by private and governmental ...more »
Improve how the other laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment (in the Arts) are enforced, too. Make sure the benefits from Federally funded programs for occupations in the arts by disabled people remain beneficial and provide equal opportunity to the disabled persons employed first. Make sure programs (those running them) commit the necessary resources to ensure equal access ...more »
When we decided to be artists our parents said, "Really?... are you sure you don't want to be an accountant?" They were afraid we would never survive financially! The state VR agencies have "parent-like" power over career choices for people with disabilities. Because people need specialized supports to get jobs, be trained on jobs and keep jobs, the state VR is able to dictate what is appropriate career directions. ...more »
I have little use of my hands and can only type with one finger. For many years, I've been using many versions of voice systems to dictate my work in writing novels and short stories. For anyone with any kind of typing disability, I would highly recommend one of the voice systems like Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It takes a while to get used to this form of communicating, so a person needs to be patient, persistent and ...more »
Make sure eligibility for participation if based on disability is only as rigorous as that required for Temporary or Permanent Disabled Parking Placard or something similar. Do not restrict participation by disabled persons to criteria of severe, long-term, total disability such as that of Social Security Administration's definition. Reason I say this is that the disability criteria and adjudication process by which SSA ...more »
Galleries and Exhibitions function as support structures for artists but also as educational components for the public and visitors. When possible traveling exhibitions should seek to include local/regional artists with public panel presentations and discussions.
Social Security has a wonderful program called Ticket to Work. I have proposed the idea to Social Security that Artists, who receive SSDI (and who do not) who wish to return to work, should have "Employment Team" members for support. If we had the support we needed, we could also return to work. As far as I can see, there is still not an SSA employment team member for Artists. Please see link for details: https://www.choosework.net/about/meet-your-employment-team/index.html ...more »
Since so many public schools have removed art from the classroom, I would like to see a grant written that would support it's return or to use public schools to offer after school art programs. In my area which includes Oregon and SW Washington, I see children who have no time allowed for drawing to express themselves. I will draw, even for 5 minutes, with my challenged students, and it increases their ability to focus. ...more »
The most problems is what I have in regards to art and making it. Is good quality of supplies is costly. I do not use USA made items like brushes, oil, and even paper is lesser quality. Programs like Adobe cost a lot of money and the Cloud is costly. So most people on SSDI or SSI will not be able to afford to create their art. There are open sources for the programs and but oils and canvases still cost a lot of money. ...more »
Imagine Art has this crazy idea to partner with the state of Texas and repurpose our existing state supported living centers as Arts Districts. In Austin we have a growing problem of affordability and artist live-work spaces. We also have major gaps in provider services for long-term care options for people with disabilities. The state owns 13 properties (most of which are 100 acres) and they direct $663 million in ...more »
I am an artist with an invisible disability. A lot of my research that informs my artwork examines representation of Disability in mainstream media. I would like to further my research and go deeper into Disability Studies (Masters or PHD) but most programs are geared toward Social Work or Education. I would love for there to be more Universities and schools that offered Disability Studies, but also more flexible degrees ...more »