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 »
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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1. Funding needs to encapsulate the full scope of potential needs of each individual and how they may or may not be able to get access into the social places and on jobs that will allow them the 'enhanced learning and application. Thus, as example, if you have work that a person can do or feel that they can with some basic instructions they should be encouraged to do so and not dis-encourage by relegating person(s) to ...more »
The government via the checks received by many persons with disabilities must recognize that if a person with disabilities chooses a career in the arts that career will often involve an erratic, free lance income that can fluctuate wildly. Often I have seen my friends and students terrified that financial success might jeopardize their ongoing income. The government should applaud rather than punish the efforts of a person ...more »
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 »
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 »
Please see this wonderful project for celebrating Prosthetics as the Art works they are......art of the most personal nature.
Hello my name is Tami Lyn, as a visually impaired artist and creator I believe that the sound wisdom of education, technology, and Braille are important tools for succes. We must insure all of our handy capable citizens that united we stand divided we fall. Therefore, we must seek legislation to insure that no child that is handy capable is left behind. So, we must start at the onset of there young lives and build strong ...more »
I am an artist with an invisible disability. A lot of my research that informs my artwork examines representation of Disability in mainstream media. I would like to further my research and go deeper into Disability Studies (Masters or PHD) but most programs are geared toward Social Work or Education. I would love for there to be more Universities and schools that offered Disability Studies, but also more flexible degrees ...more »
Social Security has a wonderful program called Ticket to Work. I have proposed the idea to Social Security that Artists, who receive SSDI (and who do not) who wish to return to work, should have "Employment Team" members for support. If we had the support we needed, we could also return to work. As far as I can see, there is still not an SSA employment team member for Artists. Please see link for details: https://www.choosework.net/about/meet-your-employment-team/index.html ...more »
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 »
Galleries and Exhibitions function as support structures for artists but also as educational components for the public and visitors. When possible traveling exhibitions should seek to include local/regional artists with public panel presentations and discussions.
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 »