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Disability Studies & Art

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 »

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accessibility to the arts for people / artists with disabilities

How do people become artists? Most often they were arts consumers first--audience members. But when the arts--the performing arts, visual art, media--are inaccessible, you have cut off an important avenue for people who have disabilities who could become professional artists. For instance--I work with audio description (AD), making all manner of art forms accessible to people who are blind. If a young person doesn't ...more »

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Arts Unbound

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 »

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For Artwork that is difficult to market ...

There is a kind of artwork, often the best, that is very difficult to market, due to the subject matter. The particular "kind" of artwork I am thinking of is the art created from those in stress -- the mentally disturbed, the mentally disabled, the family member who has lost someone due to a mass shooting, first responders, soldiers with PTSD, an abused wife or child....the artwork comes from people who do not normally ...more »

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Ticket to Work "Employment Team" for Artists

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 »

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Provide an Online Presence for Shared Artistic Reactions

In the event of the mass shootings of the Orlando Attack, many artists, as is their way, responded to this by creating art that dealt with this topic. Consider working with city, state, or federal agencies to provide an online presence for a "gallery" where artists can post their work for free. Not only visual images, but music and poems. This would be a very agile way of responding to disasters, it would start to ...more »

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East Los Angeles College Street Flash Art

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 »

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Transportation options

I'm concerned about the challenges for emerging artists who are unable to drive a car. After many years struggling with the challenges of getting where I need to go, I've had opportunities where "reasonable accommodations" were taken care of by others. Spending a day to get to and from one appointment or job, via paratransit, or bus, while others can do the same in 2 or 3 hours is frustrating. Please don't misunderstand ...more »

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I Carry On

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

Disability?

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Reality check..........

All artists, disabled or not, have trouble finding/creating outlets for their works. Though, there is another issue for disabled... Those that rely on government benefits, do not file income tax. As soon as we do, the government benefits are stopped. The Federal government does not want to seem to understand that this income is not stable or a just one time success. Another issue is mobility. I think many would ...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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Reflection #1

Just coming onto this site and not attached to getting points-- I'd like to articulate that there have always been challenges for all communities and the notion idea and 'fact' of the word 'disability' has never been truly understood or well-represented in the context of (cultural beliefs about health) and the perception (and the trajectory of being in the state of 'wellness' is not a fixed condition of 'health' for all ...more »

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