Disability Culture:

Disability culture has improved thousandfold since the early days of institutions and sheltered workshops. Growing up, for me, it wasn't uncommon to see “Handicapped Parking” signs everywhere. The latter term has thankfully become antiquated. We now see a shift from seeing disability rights as privilege, to seeing disability rights as human rights owed the same as everyone else who wishes for a good and happy quality of life.

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Isaac Newton in 1675

Social change is about coming together. It's about justice. It's about access. I've seen a lot of these changes myself, with the advent of the ADA, mainstreaming education, and the adoption of person-first language for people with disabilities.

Freedom for people with disabilities means the liberty to enjoy things just like everyone else. 

What is a hero?  A hero can be anyone regardless of ability. A hero is someone who is selfless and has a goal. 

DAY OF ARTS FOR ALL BLOGPOST 2: THE ARTS COUNCIL OF WESTERVILLE

After interviewing some of the artists for the 90-Minute Art Challenge, I worked my way over to the Arts Council of Westerville's table where I was introduced to Linda Wilkins, their President, who said their organization encourages participation in and appreciation of the arts in the Westerville area, and have done so for 23 years. “We welcome everyone!” she said. At their table I made a watercolor postcard with marker and salt to give it what she called a speckled effect. People seemed to enjoy this activity. I know I did.

A First Look Back at Day of Arts for All 2019

This was it! The big day when everyone came together to celebrate artists with disabilities, the 11th annual Day of Arts for All. I was no stranger to the excitement myself, having been on both sides of the event (Both as an artist in 2014 and this year as social media manager.) So, the first thing I wanted to do was check out a new event: The 90-Minute Art Challenge, to see how every artist was adapting to the challenge.

ADVICE TO EMERGING ARTISTS:

            My advice to emerging artists in the disability community is to keep learning from everyone you can. I've always said that disabilities should be treated as lived experiences, not just medical conditions. I'm always a little amazed when someone asks me if I've ever wished I could walk. My answer is no, but I was born with cerebral palsy. I can only expand my perspective by working with other people. Otherwise, it's just like asking me if I've ever thought about levitating. It's a nice thought, but not practical to my perspective.

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