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Author and disability advocate Belo Cipriani says,"I’m looking to put together a collection of essays by the disabled that focus on rites of passage: first kiss, first day of school, getting married, and parenting come to mind; however, the land of firsts is vast and I’m open to whatever first experience someone is willing to share. With this collection, I am hoping to show the masses that the disabled are neither dull nor boring. I am in communication with an acquisition editor at a very reputable press that is quite interested in the project." Deadline: 9/1/16.
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The Deaf Poets Society, an online journal of disability literature & art, is seeking an additional art editor. We are especially interested in
Deaf and/or disabled individuals--whether they identify as D/deaf, blind, physically disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, as having
mental health challenges, or as being in any other way disabled--who also identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color (BIPOC), working-
class, and/or LGBTQ. Additional information available upon request. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with cover letter
explaining your interest and relevant experience, as well as a link to (or attachment of) your portfolio.
Visit the Deaf Poets Society website >
"We welcome contributions from autistic/neuro-atypical persons." Deadline 2/28/17.
Find details about the call for Autism narratives >
An international organization was recently established to promote and support musicians with disabilities from all over the world. "We are looking for passionate musicians with challenges to profile on our website and be a part of this unique new organisation. So far we have attracted people from Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela." Musicians with disabilities can submit the online form located on the Can Do Musos homepage.
A free webinar sponsored by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, has been archived for your viewing convenience. Presenter: Sonja Cendak, Artist Services Assistant Manager, Office of VSA & Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Intended Audience: Organizations that want to provide better technical assistance to beginning visual artists or to established artists who want to make the transition to the more public, commercial art world.
Download a "Quick Links" document from the presentation >
View the archived webinar (you must have Windows Media 9 or higher) >
See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
Go to People in the Arts
Mark Smith lives in Brazil, Indiana. He is a trained artist who served in the military as a medic in combat and other missions. Pictured above: "Anima Animus."
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Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana who is deaf and has autism.
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Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Miller's painting "George Veditz."
Melissa Draper recalls that in school "they automatically labeled me as special education. They just stuck me right into that label." Now she is the author of a memoir, Follow Your Dreams and is a public speaker. She lives in Monticello, Indiana.
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Allan Yates lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Above: Photograph taken at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, copyright Allan Yates.
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New Albany, IN artist Thaniel Ion Lee has exhibited his art at Swanson Contemporary in Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast, among other galleries. Pictured above: The Mountain Valley.