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 »
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 »
Request and Include Therapeutic Recreation in a Student's IEP. Therapeutic Recreation can help students in special education programs learn art skills. Therapeutic Recreation professionals can also help students access art programs in the community.
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 »
Hello my name is Tami Lyn, as a visually impaired artist and creator I believe that the sound wisdom of education, technology, and Braille are important tools for succes. We must insure all of our handy capable citizens that united we stand divided we fall. Therefore, we must seek legislation to insure that no child that is handy capable is left behind. So, we must start at the onset of there young lives and build strong ...more »
1. Funding needs to encapsulate the full scope of potential needs of each individual and how they may or may not be able to get access into the social places and on jobs that will allow them the 'enhanced learning and application. Thus, as example, if you have work that a person can do or feel that they can with some basic instructions they should be encouraged to do so and not dis-encourage by relegating person(s) to ...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.
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 »
When television shows, advertisers, or filmmakers decide to feature a disabled character or write stories of disability & chronic illness, more often than not, it's a disappointment. Typically, a "well" actor is cast as disabled, there's very little background research done, & the level of misrepresentation in the end is grossly inaccurate. Also, let's not ignore those horrendous illnesses with "invisible " symptoms. ...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 »
We need to address the proverbial elephant in the room. Disability Benefits. We all look at things due to disability benefits and deathly afraid if we do something what consider a living we lose the benefits. It is time that we consider how Social Security is done by the community and look at programs such as PASS and ABLE accounts. These programs are not the fix people believe and eventually the problems will reappear. ...more »