“Don't pursue a career in the Arts unless you love the Arts truly, madly, deeply. And do not have any delusions about what awaits you both in educational settings, and in the job market. …If you think you're gonna get a break because you have a disability, think again. …You better be the best you can be at what you do, and do not allow yourself to use your disability as an excuse NOT to work continually and consistently towards total professionalism and high standards of quality.”
-- Jaehn Clare, professional theatre artist, from "A Career as an Artist Ain't an Easy Row to Hoe," keynote address for The Art of Employment: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities on March 25 & 26, 2002 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN.
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A national, charitable, community-based organization that helps seniors get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. Click on Regional and Local Programs to see if it's available in your county. In Indiana call 1-866-976-5939.
Indiana Directory of Disability Resources: An extensive guide to disability services in the state, compiled by Breaking New Ground.
Indiana Disability Work Supports: Benefit
Resources for Hoosiers with Disabilities
"This site is designed to help Hoosiers with disabilities understand how going to work will impact their state and federal benefits."
Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Eligible persons may receive services and assistance for employment-related needs, including support for vocationally-related education. Look under State Government in the blue government pages of the telephone book for the number of your local office, or find regional offices listed on the web site above.
Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center: INSTRC creates and enhances professional development activities and resources to improve school and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
Resource Guide for the Unemployed: A free guidebook to help unemployed Hoosiers and their families find programs, resources and other support.
Indiana Workforce Development: Find your local Work One Center and other resources.
JobDoozy: An employment website for Hoosiers with disabilities featuring job listings from companies actively recruiting a diverse workforce in Indiana and for telecommuting jobs nationwide. JobDoozy.org is a project of The Fifth Freedom Network.
SHARE Network Indiana: A free, online, statewide Resource Directory “created to help Hoosiers find a job, keep a job, or obtain a better job.” SHARE is an online database of resources available to the public that can be used to help meet employment goals.
Career Collection from INSPIRE: Click on Search INSPIRE Database, then click on Career Collection. Indiana's Online Research Library has 100 free, full-text, online books on job hunting, internships, creating resumes, writing cover letters, interviewing, etc.
America's Heroes at Work: A U.S. Department of Labor project that focuses on the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The site is designed for employers and the workforce development system, providing information and tools they can use to help these veterans.
American Foundation for the Blind's CareerConnect® Program: Click on CareerConnect. Job seekers can explore possible careers, contact a visually impaired mentor for advice, create their own resume online, and more. Available to blind and visually impaired persons of all ages in school, currently working, or seeking employment in any field. Registration is free.
Disability Mentoring Day: Occurs
on the third Wednesday of every October, and implemented throughout the
year in the U.S. and internationally. Sponsored by the American
Association of People with Disabilities, this initiative promotes career
development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job
shadowing and hands-on career exploration.
Disability.gov: Click on "Employment." Covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.
thousands of jobs from hundreds of employers who "actively seeking to
recruit and provide employment for people with disabilities as part of
their inclusive workforce."
The LEAD Center website: a resource for information to promote public policy, employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.
Office of Disability Employment Policy: This U.S. Department of Labor office develops and influences disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
Proyecto Visión: A bilingual website for youth with disabilities. Click on Opportunities for Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships.
TeleworkTools.org: "A comprehensive toolkit to telecommuting."
WORKSUPPORT.com: Information, resources, and research about work and disability issues for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: An independent federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination.
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
Gina Soo Golden is a painter from Indianapolis, Indiana. “I like to mix realism and surrealism.” “I aim to give a visual definition of feelings one could never quite describe with words,” she has written in her artist statement. Pictured above: The Gray Room.
read more about Gina Golden
Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana. Pictured above: Toyota Avalon.
read more about Nicolas Lyford-Pike
Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Rub-a-Dub.
Wug Laku is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. "My art is about ideas and finding the purest, simplest ways of expressing them," he says. Pictured above: Earth Poems.
read more about Wug Laku
Stu Johnson specializes in Central Indiana subjects, from black and white shots
of architectural landmarks, to picture-postcard fall landscapes, to
prints of trucks and buses digitally enhanced with tie-dye colors.. Pictured above: The Ruins.
read more about Stu Johnson
Louisville, KY artist Susan Gorsen has exhibited her art in New Albany and served as Artist-Facilitator for ArtsWORK New Albany. Pictured above: Blue Moon.