Where I am geographically located there aren't programs that can provide any support for my specific disabilities. A lot of programs are specific to locations or specific to certain disabilities. I'd like to see more online support for artists with disabilities. I'd specifically love to see a forum or forums for artists, caregivers, and program staff to share resources and regional events, so this dialogue can go on ...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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Stage of film producers are not generally aware that they might include actors/singes with disabilities. Grants can insist that auditions include these artists. Often, even if the performing artist with a disability gets auditioned, the producer hesitates -- will a deaf artist need a costly interpreter? Will a wheelchair artist require special accommodations? These challenges can be overcome by private and governmental ...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 »
The most problems is what I have in regards to art and making it. Is good quality of supplies is costly. I do not use USA made items like brushes, oil, and even paper is lesser quality. Programs like Adobe cost a lot of money and the Cloud is costly. So most people on SSDI or SSI will not be able to afford to create their art. There are open sources for the programs and but oils and canvases still cost a lot of money. ...more »
I have little use of my hands and can only type with one finger. For many years, I've been using many versions of voice systems to dictate my work in writing novels and short stories. For anyone with any kind of typing disability, I would highly recommend one of the voice systems like Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It takes a while to get used to this form of communicating, so a person needs to be patient, persistent and ...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.
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 »
A little design corner of a publicly housed apartment, may be sufficiently set up for illustrations. It may be, for some, enough to claim adaptations for a disability. Even more rewards in turn, if we free others to grow in a subject. A pilot program is not supported for artists in my community. Not enough, for here, where many home units built are restricting those with challenges Can liabilities, as shared for people ...more »
When television shows, advertisers, or filmmakers decide to feature a disabled character or write stories of disability & chronic illness, more often than not, it's a disappointment. Typically, a "well" actor is cast as disabled, there's very little background research done, & the level of misrepresentation in the end is grossly inaccurate. Also, let's not ignore those horrendous illnesses with "invisible " symptoms. ...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 »
Improve how the other laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment (in the Arts) are enforced, too. Make sure the benefits from Federally funded programs for occupations in the arts by disabled people remain beneficial and provide equal opportunity to the disabled persons employed first. Make sure programs (those running them) commit the necessary resources to ensure equal access ...more »
Request and Include Therapeutic Recreation in a Student's IEP. Therapeutic Recreation can help students in special education programs learn art skills. Therapeutic Recreation professionals can also help students access art programs in the community.