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

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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Creating integrated, professional productins to showcase talent

Open Circle Theatre creates a professional theatre that integrates artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities. We then seek recognition and participation in the DC theatre scene so that artists with disabilities get seen and then cast and hired by other theatres. We truly believe that showing artists with disabilities in roles that others had not considered them for in the past not only gets these ...more »

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Career transition strategies for late-in-life artists

Unlike other underrepresented groups, not every artist enters the population of people with disabilities at a young age. So artists who become disabled later in life often must reboot their careers and find new ways to work, in effect re-emerging. Any anecdotal experience, resource materials, and/or assistive tools you can share on effective ways to transition and adapt to a new reality as a person in the arts with a ...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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Create "Community Arts" as group within Neighborhood Councils

I was just thinking to myself, although my NC of Sylmar is relatively young and always in need of more participation and support, I never heard of (or saw) a leadership sector for "the arts". I will have to inquire if such a designate group can be developed. In turn, perhaps other Neighborhood Councils do not have such leadership role either? On a sidenote, usually, I always see "Seniors and the Disabled" grouped ...more »

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GrantsNetworkingPostEducation

I would like to see more support for artists to continue once they've graduated. It would be extremely helpful to have a "one stop shop" for displaying work, applying for competitions/grants and networking to enable those individuals who graduated from art college to develop into a successful artist post graduation. On a personal note, after graduate school, it was extremely difficult to continue working in the arts and ...more »

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Have Casting Discussions

People with disabilities are underrepresented in the entertainment industry, especially pertaining to the performing arts. I think there is not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to take the stage. I think we really should have an open discussion and carefully make a casting decision with inclusion.

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Disclose or not disclose disability in cover letters

Resources for crafting effective cover letters that address such disability-specific questions as how to phrase space access and/or tech-based accommodation requests include: “Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter” posted by careers adviser Susanne Christian on a cover https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters/example-of-how-to-disclose-a-disability-in-a-cover-letter ...more »

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The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship

The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship provides a two-year cycle of support to a Disabled writer, for the generation and development of a new play to essay and challenge perceptions of the "Disabled Experience." The fellowship includes outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and an intensive two-year process of new play development activities for the Fellow through The Lark’s ...more »

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