4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

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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Reasonable Eligibility Criteria (for Disabled Participation)

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 »

Submitted by (@fcarner)

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Art as a REAL Career?

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 »

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Isolated & Unsupported

Where I am geographically located there aren't programs that can provide any support for my specific disabilities. A lot of programs are specific to locations or specific to certain disabilities. I'd like to see more online support for artists with disabilities. I'd specifically love to see a forum or forums for artists, caregivers, and program staff to share resources and regional events, so this dialogue can go on ...more »

Submitted by (@dephinia)

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The Role of the Government in Creative Arts Careers

The government via the checks received by many persons with disabilities must recognize that if a person with disabilities chooses a career in the arts that career will often involve an erratic, free lance income that can fluctuate wildly. Often I have seen my friends and students terrified that financial success might jeopardize their ongoing income. The government should applaud rather than punish the efforts of a person ...more »

Submitted by (@oppenheimz)

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Public School Classroom Aide

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 »

Submitted by (@saamlee)

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Disability Studies & Art

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 »

Submitted by (@meganbent)

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Penalty/repercussions

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 »

Submitted by (@nicoleq)

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Pilot new-built residences

A little design corner of a publicly housed apartment, may be sufficiently set up for illustrations. It may be, for some, enough to claim adaptations for a disability. Even more rewards in turn, if we free others to grow in a subject. A pilot program is not supported for artists in my community. Not enough, for here, where many home units built are restricting those with challenges Can liabilities, as shared for people ...more »

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Cost of supplies

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 »

Submitted by (@whitneymohrhauser)

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Repurpose State Supported Living Centers into Arts Districts

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 »

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Dictation for Authors

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 »

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Misrepresentation of disability & chronic illness in film indust

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 »

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