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.

Education & Job Training: Resources, Opportunities, Strategies

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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training for Voice Actors

There are many jobs in announcing in the media, in business communications and in the entertainment fields. The normal route is to go to drama school and received full training as a stage actor. That is not necessary for performing as an off-screen announcer, for animated voices in videogames, radio, television, documentaries and business presentations. This kind of employment is ideal for people with disabilities, who ...more »

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Job App

Develop an application for job seekers to input what they are able to do, tasks which require accommodation to perform and what their limitations are. The application would then synthesize this data and produce a possible match for employment/jobs, which could then be matched against job posts that are a good fit for the prospective employee.

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Inclusive, intersectional sites to help creatives find work

We're seeing the encouraging emergence of online platforms dedicated to fostering and growing inclusivity and intersectionality across creative fields. A few examples of such platforms that serve as internet databases where artists can highlight their creative pieces in order to find work are Women Who Draw, Women Photograph, Queer Cartoonists, Cartoonists of Color, and People of Craft. These intersectional platforms ...more »

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Re-cycling Art Center

For many years, I taught an up cycling class to folks with disabilities - we worked on furniture, household items, did some sewing, artwork - lots of cool stuff - That We Sold!!!!!! With the right tools, space etc., I believe this could be a lucrative and creative endeavor for people with disabilities. It would encompass job skills, paid employment, art education and training - An Arts Center/Store Ideally it would ...more »

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Tips to help students w/disabilities create portfolios

Sometimes arts educators and job trainers do not have sufficient knowledge of or experience with helping students with disabilities in creating portfolios that incorporate special accommodations by that student to present that work in the most professional manner possible. Would anyone share any guidelines and/or examples of tips for educators on creating portfolios in the various areas of the arts that are specifically ...more »

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Students w/disabilities low participation in school Arts program

Observation, as it relates to students with disabilities and their "participation" in school arts programs. Their participation is low or non-existent because school arts programs are student selected and band/chorus/dance/theatre/etc teachers do not recruit for student participants. Many students with disabilities do not sign up to participate in school arts programs. One understandable reason is low self-esteem/confidence. ...more »

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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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Internships and Mentorships

Many cities are home to Arts and Cultural Alliances which are an ideal opportunity for students with disabilities to get exposure to careers in arts administration. If these Cultural Alliances whose membership is often the leaders of cultural attractions in cities were to partner with College and University Disability Support Services, it would offer amazing opportunities for both Internships and Mentorships for higher ...more »

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Job-seeking tools

Starting out on a job search is a challenging undertaking for even seasoned professionals. It can seem even more daunting and overwhelming for a young person just starting out, particularly one who not only has to deal with age inexperience, but with a disability as well. While every job seeker in the arts — regardless of whether or not they have some type of disability — needs professional-quality presentation tools ...more »

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