My name is Diana Elizabeth Jordan I am an actor/storyteller and speaker. I have cerebral palsy that mildly affects my speech and gait. I known since I was a young girl that I wanted to be an actor and I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that I have had. There have been many challenges but the rewards always out weigh them. I have worked in film theater and television. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting and ...more »
5. Success Stories and Positive change
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My name is Brandon Michael Scarth, and as I said, I have a dissability. But that's not really what I came on here to talk to you all about. I came on here to say that it MAY SUCK...HORRIBLY, but, it's my life now. Maybe someday they'll find a way to make it ALL better...but right now...its just a fact!!! So, I would like to share with you...some advice...whether you TAKE it or not is ENTIRELY up to YOU!! For those of ...more »
I run a career development program for artists with disabilities at the non-profit organization Arts Unbound in Orange, New Jersey. Our program is free and open to anyone living with a developmental disability, physical disability or mental illness. We assist artists with putting together their portfolio, photographing their work, writing an artist statement, building a web site, applying for exhibitions, and marketing ...more »
In 2010 VSA International put together a wonderful and empowering exhibition of artists with disabilities at the Smithsonian International in Washington D.C. The exhibition design was done by famous designer with a disability, Michael Graves. My artwork was selected for this show along with many others. Being part of that exhibition did more for my art and morale. It gave artists with disabilities a voice and in an important ...more »
Our college program Side-by-Side student club of college students mentoring young adults with cognitive delays one-on-one studied street artist Aakash Nihalani. We practiced tape optical illusion designs on our lab tables and then took it outside to the campus walls. Twenty four emails and a phone call from the dean forced us to tear down the tape art after one hour. The college students cheered the Side-by-Side team ...more »
Here is a verse from the song, 'I Carry On' that I have composed that I would like to get out to more media outlets:
"Taking twice as long to plan
Makes me no less of a man
Do you blame a blind man
Because he cannot see
Some people go to such great lengths
To notice everything but strengths
I guess this might be their
10 Years ago a gallery/studio was founded in the heart of Dumbo Brooklyn, in a storefront on the main street by The League school, who since was priced out of having a headquarters in this very now expensive neighborhood. Many of the residents, artists, celebrities consider LAND an institution and add to their collections frequently. LAND artists have been featured at the Moma, art fairs, exhibitions and written about ...more »
It is said that "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." I disagree with this whole heartedly! It is my opinion that one of the greatest ways to promote artists with disabilities is to have them teach art. I personally am not a fan of being labeled as an artist with a disability, because art is my primary therapy for overcoming said disability, and I know that isn't possible for all artists, but why make a special ...more »
Look at the program(s) that A Place To Be in Middleburg, VA has put together. They have put together an amazing project called "The Same Sky Project" that tells the story of 20 or so individuals with varying disabilities and how they have embraced these but the disability has not defiined them. It is such a powerful and inspiring story.
Artists First, a nonprofit in St. Louis, Missouri has successfully implemented an arts based career development program, Lifeworks. This guided self-employment program gives professionally minded artists with disabilities the chance to create art as a career. Artists First staff facilitates financial independence for the participants by vigorously seeking out opportunities to display, market and sell participants' artwork. ...more »
Encore Studio for the Performing Arts is a professional, repertory theatre company for people with disabilities. The repertory company includes a diverse cross section of the community working with people with cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and people dealing with mental health issues. All of our work is original and all has been written to the repertory actors. To their stories, their personalities ...more »
Launching the careers of artists requires those who can "keep the books"...one way of promoting careers for those with disabilities is to hire those with autism to keep the books for Art Galleries, and Art Events. Here's some references: Companies Are Hiring Autistic Workers to Boost the Bottom Line http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/03/28/autism_at_work_companies_like_sap_and_freddie_mac_are_hiring_people_with.html ...more »