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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4. Disability-Specific or Art-Specific Issues

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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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 »

Submitted by (@debbiekizer)

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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 »

Submitted by (@maryp66)

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Strengthen Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act enforcement?

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 »

Submitted by (@fcarner)

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Modifying COLA and SGA terms in regards as Artist being Career

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 »

Submitted by (@whitneymohrhauser)

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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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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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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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