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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 »

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People with disabilities and arts administration employment

I see a lot of conversation in this forum focused on artists with disabilities. I am wondering how we can encourage the arts administration field to be more inclusive of people with disabilities as well. I am a person with a disability (low vision) who is very lucky to have gainful and gratifying employment as a program director at a non-profit arts organization. I attend many national and international conferences ...more »

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Feature Machines for those who are tied to them

I know some with disabilities, who rely on their wheelchairs and the way they are tied to them, who are frustrated by the machines that enable them. Turn these into an asset. Feature the machine as an actual part of the art, performance art and/or dance. Using machines as part of art is new enough and fresh enough, that I personally feel it would give these artists an edge. Here's an example of drones being used ...more »

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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 »

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Gallery Owners: Promote the Art, not the Disability

Forget any reference to a disability. Art shows should just mix-in the art from those with disabilities along-side the rest of the art. At the end of the day, what does it matter that the artist has a disability? It is the Art we are judging. It's the only way to put their work on a "fair" footing with the rest of the artwork. The disabled artists I know don't want their work purchased out of pity; they want it ...more »

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2. Education and Job Training for Artists and Arts Administrators

How VOC Rehap can help with training

My name is Kitty Lunn, Artistic Director of Infinity Dance Theater in New York City. I am a disabled dancer using a wheelchair. I have a hard time finding qualified dancers for my Company, because disabled people aren't given the same training opportunities as their non-disabled peers. I won't put someone on stage simply because they have a disability. It would be very helpful if State Vocational Rehab specialist ...more »

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Career Development Through the Arts

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 »

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Residencies with mental health support

not an intensive, but a place where classes are available to learn new skills and also focus is placed on having a supportive environment with pharmacy runs.

 

many of the residencies I find are too isolated to allow for trips to the pharmacy or are outside of my home state where my medicine is paid for.

 

just a couple things to consider.

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Telling Our Stories

Whether people are 'out' about their disability identity and regardless if they have an apparent or non-apparent disability, there aren't enough stories about artists with disabilities by artists with disabilities. Especially ones that aren't told by reporters and framed as something 'inspirational' or 'special.' Storytelling is a way to carve out spaces within larger, multiple/intersecting communities. For younger people ...more »

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