Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

People with disabilities may find challenges and barriers to employment in the arts as artists and arts administrators, and/or in promoting their own artistic practice. What career preparation strategies would you recommend for people with disabilities seeking employment or self-employment in the arts, as artists or other cultural workers? We are looking for your ideas on the available resources and strategies for artists to promote their work, existing professional development opportunities, resources and strategies for acquiring and retaining public benefits and healthcare, and resources for accommodations in work and school.

In addition, please share your ideas and comments for the following: resources that assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers and challenges and provide career preparation and opportunities in the arts field, effective tools or resources for networking and job searching, and resources for educators to supplement their existing curricula in arts education programs to include disability arts representation and narratives.

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Arts Education in IEPs

Individualized Education Programs sometimes require rather inflexible "outcomes" of learning. Those designing IEPs can struggle to explain arts outcomes in the terms and measures thought to be required. In some cases, educators remove arts education from IEPs altogether for these reasons. We need a way to share standards for arts outcomes in IEPs and stress that disability arts is an expansive and transformative field ...more »

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Career transition strategies for late-in-life artists

Unlike other underrepresented groups, not every artist enters the population of people with disabilities at a young age. So artists who become disabled later in life often must reboot their careers and find new ways to work, in effect re-emerging. Any anecdotal experience, resource materials, and/or assistive tools you can share on effective ways to transition and adapt to a new reality as a person in the arts with a ...more »

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Disclose or not disclose disability in cover letters

Resources for crafting effective cover letters that address such disability-specific questions as how to phrase space access and/or tech-based accommodation requests include: “Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter” posted by careers adviser Susanne Christian on a cover https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters/example-of-how-to-disclose-a-disability-in-a-cover-letter ...more »

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GrantsNetworkingPostEducation

I would like to see more support for artists to continue once they've graduated. It would be extremely helpful to have a "one stop shop" for displaying work, applying for competitions/grants and networking to enable those individuals who graduated from art college to develop into a successful artist post graduation. On a personal note, after graduate school, it was extremely difficult to continue working in the arts and ...more »

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Role of Technology in Accessibility

Technology has provided a new way for accessibility to be a priority for employees and employers. Are there specific apps or programs that are important for employers to be familiar with in order to ensure disabled employees feel welcomed, comfortable, and successful? For example, what programs exist to facilitate virtual workspaces which make work environments more accessible?

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Enterpreneurship and Artists on Public Benefits (SSI/SSDI)

ArtLifting is a social enterprise working with visual artists (creating two dimensional art such as paintings, drawings, photography, digital art) from diverse communities and backgrounds who often face systemic challenges to financial stability. A question facing our company is: “How do we connect artists with financially empowering opportunities that contribute to financial sustainability without inhibiting the social ...more »

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The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship provides a two-year cycle of support to a Disabled writer, for the generation and development of a new play to essay and challenge perceptions of the "Disabled Experience." The fellowship includes outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and an intensive two-year process of new play development activities for the Fellow through The Lark’s ...more »

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Online Forums: Artists, Caregivers & Program Staff to Share

Are there suggestions of resources and existing online programs that realize this suggestion? @dephinia suggested in the 2016 Dialogue https://careersinthearts.epolicyworks.org/a/ideas/top/campaign-filter/expired online support for artists with disabilities. "I'd specifically love to see a forum or forums for ...more »

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Resources and Training for HR Professionals/Recruiters

Does anyone know of resources/training specifically targeted for HR professionals and recruiters to include people with disabilities for employment in their cultural institution? This might be resources that were not intended for the cultural workforce, but could be adapted. Also, in addition to general audience vehicles, are there any great vehicles to specifically advertise positions for the community of people with ...more »

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Have Casting Discussions

People with disabilities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, especially pertaining to the performing arts. I think there is not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to take the stage. I think we really should have an open discussion and carefully make a casting decision with inclusion.

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Centering Disability Artistry

In too many art spaces, people are unaware that artistry that uses the political, cultural, and historical dimensions of disability is a profound and growing field. Disability artistry itself is a tool for change, since the work being produced questions long-held notions of things like embodiment, temporality, and interdependence (which are in some cases the very concepts we wish we could introduce to those at the helm ...more »

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