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Disability IS Art

Welcome to the Disability IS Art Podcast! This is a podcast about art and disability here in (K’jipuktuk) Halifax, NS. Join your hosts Kelsey MacDonald, Emma Mader, and Truelee Love for bi-weekly discussions (with guests!) about disability, the arts, and neurodiversity!

Podcast

Cripresentation

BIPOC

Cripresentation is a podcast highlighting queer and trans disabled artists and their work, specifically centring Black, Indigenous and other people of colour.

Podcast

FWD-Doc Toolkit

Film & Video

FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society supported by Netflix presents:

A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

Toolkit

Legally Blonde & Blind

A monthly podcast exploring self-advocacy, accessibility, friendships, and other topics relating to the experiences of blind young adults!

Podcast

Discomfort Zone

Discomfort Zone features immersive stories on chronic illness and disability showcasing our vulnerability, wellness, and resilience.

Podcast

Disability Stage Right

A podcast about putting artists, access and disability on stage, right. Welcome! DSR examines access to, and the barriers faced in, training, physical spaces and attitudes through interviews and discussions with incredible Canadian theatre and performing artists with disabilities.

Podcast

Interrogating Access: Resources for Artists and Organizations

Film & Video, Visual Arts

Jointly initiated by OBORO and Spectrum Productions in autumn 2019, the Interrogating Access series of activities aims to equip artists, organisations, and cultural workers with the means to think through accessibility in broader terms, and to learn from the best access practices already undertaken in the cultural sector in Canada and abroad. The purpose of this series of conferences and workshops is to gather the tools necessary to stimulate better access practices in visual and media arts.

Video

The Inclusivity Guide

The Inclusivity Guide is a one-stop resource for community arts leaders and event organizers. It will help them consider the accessibility of their next art event and encourage the inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

This guide will help arts leaders and organizers:

  • Improve the accessibility of their next event
  • Increase their awareness of accessibility
  • Fill their organization’s knowledge gap
  • Ensure events intended for the public can be attended by the public

Guide

The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary

Marketing & Communication

The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.

Art Heals

Art Heals is a podcast about arts and mental health, and the people who create to heal. In each episode, we interview someone who uses art to enhance their own healing or who produces work that helps raise awareness about a variety of mental health challenges.

Podcast

Crip Times

Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

Podcast

Hopping the Fence

A bi-weekly podcast dedicated to the fringes of the “Canadian” art scene. Hopping the Fence is hosted and produced by Mad-identified artist Rebecca Casalino in Tkaronto (Toronto). Hopping the Fence is recorded on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

Podcast

Low Vision Moments

Audio Description

Jennie Bovard hosts the monthly podcast Low Vision Moments. Part story time, part comedy, part awareness driven, Low Vision Moments present those funny, potentially embarrassing experiences that happen in everyday life when you are blind or partially sighted … like physical distancing with a post because Jennie thought it was a person.

Podcast

What Can a Body Do?

Design

What Can a Body Do?
How We Meet the Built World
by Sara Hendren

A fascinating and provocative new way of looking at the things we use and the spaces we inhabit, and a call to imagine a better-designed world for us all.

Furniture and tools, kitchens and campuses and city streets—nearly everything human beings make and use is assistive technology, meant to bridge the gap between body and world. Yet unless, or until, a misfit between our own body and the world is acute enough to be understood as disability, we may never stop to consider—or reconsider—the hidden assumptions on which our everyday environment is built.

In a series of vivid stories drawn from the lived experience of disability and the ideas and innovations that have emerged from it—from cyborg arms to customizable cardboard chairs to deaf architecture —Sara Hendren invites us to rethink the things and settings we live with. What might assistance based on the body’s stunning capacity for adaptation—rather than a rigid insistence on “normalcy”—look like? Can we foster interdependent, not just independent, living? How do we creatively engineer public spaces that allow us all to navigate our common terrain? By rendering familiar objects and environments newly strange and wondrous, What Can a Body Do? helps us imagine a future that will better meet the extraordinary range of our collective needs and desires.

Book

Cripping the Arts Documentary

Performing Arts, Relaxed Performance, Visual Arts

Cripping the Arts was a three-day international symposium held in January 2019 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. It gathered people who share a belief that Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts and activism change how we understand difference, and how we create and experience art and culture. This short documentary highlights some of the memorable moments from the event. The documentary was made by filmmaker Kavya Yoganathan and produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, in partnership with the Cripping the Arts presenting partners: Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University School of Disability Studies, British Council Canada and Harbourfront Centre.

Media

Voices

Performing Arts

Voices takes a moment to explore the stories of people we encounter everyday. What will people share when they’re given an open platform to express themselves? And who will take a moment to listen? Hopefully you. Hosted by Michelle Brandenburg and Engineered by Camille Craig.

Podcast

Reel Access Accessibility Resource Guide

Film & Video

Reel Access is a year-long initiative by a working group of festival representatives and disability consultants, artists and activists, whose aim is to bring film festivals together to find solutions for improving accessibility at festival events.

Guide

Accessible Airwaves

This program is dedicated to the education and exploration of disabled life, giving voice to the life and experience of people with disabilities. We cover a wide array of issues and disabilities. We are people who discuss issues we are passionate about and topics we are interested in. We show how disability is in the mind of the beholder.

Podcast

All Access Pass

We talk about equity, inclusion, and accessibility for people with diverse abilities, on campus and beyond. Tune in every second Wednesday from 3-4pm for interviews, music, news, events, and awesome dialogue.

Podcast

Speak

Speak features the stories and voices of BEING Studio artists.

Podcast

Stories of Care

Stories of Care is produced by the C.A.R.E. Centre, and arts groups Innovations in Concert and Bradyworks / Instruments of Happiness, funded by the Quebec government’s “Culture in Schools” program and guided by clarinetist and Artist in Residence Louise Campbell.

The project seeks to empower C.A.R.E. Centre clients to learn and participate according to their abilities, foster their own artistic expression and promote visibility and understanding of what it means to live with disability. Clients will develop skills to record and produce their own podcasts well into the future.

Podcast

Contra*

A podcast by Critical Design Lab about disability, design justice, and the lifeworld.

Podcast

DisabilityAfterDark

The DisabilityAfterDark Podcast was launched in September 2016, completely independently by Andrew Gurza. It is a podcast that shines a bright light on issues about sex and disability with host, Andrew Gurza.

Podcast

How to Make your Live Stream Accessible for All

COVID-19, Performing Arts, Web Accessibility

Learning to navigate a new way of bringing live performances to an audience can be daunting, which is why Attitude is Everything has created an Online Music Events Access Guide, with tips and tricks to ensure that your gig reaches the widest audience possible. It includes guidance for live music spaces of all sizes, from arenas to grassroots venues, and is full of suggestions to ensure that everyone can enjoy your online performance.

Guide

Inform & Connect

Inform & Connect is the American Foundation for the Blind’s ongoing podcast series created to foster togetherness and camaraderie within the blindness community through informal storytelling and learning about relevant and interesting topics.

Podcast

DisTopia

DisTopia is a podcast produced by DisArt which looks at disability from the inside out. This podcast’s central goal is to raise the voice, visibility, and value of the Disabled community through conversation and critical reflection.

Podcast

As Me with Sinéad

How do we unlearn negativity and learn to love ourselves and each other? What’s the first step towards becoming more empathetic? Listening. Academic, TED alum, and advocate Sinéad Burke leads candid conversations to create a classroom in podcast form with diverse, notable guests who explain what it’s like to be them. They challenge us to confront our biases, deepen our humanity, and feel empowered to impact and be ourselves in the world around us. Let’s go!

Podcast

The Disability And…Podcast

Disability Arts Online & Graeae present The Disability And…Podcast, which promises to get right to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in arts, culture and beyond with a series of bold, provocative and insightful interviews with disabled artists, key industry figures and the odd legend.

Podcast

The VOICE Lab Podcast

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

The VOICE Lab is a podcast about disability, art, and access, recorded on Treaty 4 Territory at the University of Regina, in Regina, Saskatchewan. You can expect to hear episodes about disability arts in Saskatchewan and Canada, personal experiences of disability and accessibility, and about creative projects from the VOICE Lab. This podcast is made possible through the collaboration and support of Astonished! Inc., the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina, and Mitacs, through the Accelerate program.

Podcast

Disabled And Here

Marketing & Communication

The Disabled And Here Collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos shot from our own perspective, featuring disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) across the Pacific Northwest.

Media

kNow Access

Visual Arts

Welcome to the Bodies in Translation year-end digital collages, which compiles the art, activisms, and reflections of artists and researchers throughout the project. Using visuals, text, and audio, these collages reveal the interwoven ideas, and admired works explored by our valued collaborators and artists.

Research

Relaxed Performance: Exploring Accessibility in the Canadian Theatre Landscape

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performance (RP) is an accessibility practice which “invites bodies to be bodies” in theatre spaces, including in their movement and vocalizations. RP also involves technical modifications, which were introduced in RP training sessions across Canada over the past several years.

The report was written by Andrea LaMarre, Carla Rice, and Kayla Besse.

Guide

#WeShallNotBeRemoved

Advocacy

#WeShallNotBeRemoved is a UK disability arts alliance formed as an emergency response to the pandemic.

#WeShallNotBeRemoved is a forum to advocate, to campaign and support D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners and organisations through and after Covid19. The aims of the alliance are:

  • To ensure a sustainable future for disability and inclusive arts in the UK through and after the pandemic
  • To amplify the voices of D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners & disability arts organisations at a time of crisis for the arts and for disabled people

Membership of #WeShallNotBeRemoved is free, open to all individual D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners and disability/inclusive focused organisations operating in the UK’s creative industries with over 400 members.

Disability Reframed

Disability Reframed is a collaborative online learning community built out of a need for societal reeducation on disability. Disability Reframed combines self-learning with open dialogue and conversation to create a space where decades old attitudes towards disability, disabled lives, and disabled people are dismantled, examined, and then thoughtfully rebuilt.

Course

Creating your digital identity

Marketing & Communication

For many artists – now more than ever – an online presence is the foundation of a ‘successful’ practice. It is how artists connect with their audience, their supporters, and collaborators and is a primary route to financial stability through sales, funding, and partnerships.

But being ‘online’ isn’t simple and for many artists it can be overwhelming and confusing, meaning they miss out on the potential perks. It feels like there is a lot to do, from marketing yourself, running websites and social media accounts, and documenting your work in a presentable and shareable way.

We have compiled this resource for any artist looking to improve their online presence, using our own experience, advice from Shape Artists, and the thoughts and reflections of our wider network.

Guide

The Plain Language Network

Marketing & Communication

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) is the international association for plain language supporters and practitioners around the world. Our growing network includes members from over 30 countries working in clear communication in at least 15 languages.

A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.

Directory, Research, Service

CNIB: Clear Print Accessibility Guidelines

Marketing & Communication, Web Accessibility

CNIB’s goal is to create a better Canada – a barrier-free Canada – where every individual, regardless of vision loss, is able to fully participate in the world around them. Creating this barrier-free Canada means not only ensuring buildings and roadways are safe and accessible for all citizens to enjoy; it also means ensuring that the way we communicate with each other is just as accessible – things like signs, ads, books, websites, brochures, product packages and so many other communication materials we absorb in everyday life. How do we do that? By making the print we produce as clear and readable as possible.

Guide

Creating Accessible Forms

Web Accessibility

Forms are used for many types of interactions on the web. When we talk about the accessibility of forms, we are usually referring to their accessibility to people who use screen readers or keyboards. People with other types of disabilities are generally less affected by faulty forms. It should be noted, however, that everyone benefits from a well-organized, highly usable form, especially those with cognitive disabilities.

Guide

Black Lives Matter and Disability

BIPOC

Black, Disabled and Proud: College Students with Disabilities is a consortium of colleagues working in disability services at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (PBCUs) in the United States. They have compiled resources to help connect BLM to disability resources and to help Black students with disabilities learn about intersections of disability and race in the movement.

Guide

Transcribe This

BIPOC, Captioning

IF you find a #BlackLivesMatter Instagram video without captions, DM @transcribe.this and their volunteer team will work on it and post it.

Service

Access Smithsonian

Access Smithsonian strives to provide consistent, effortless access to the Institution’s programs, collections, and facilities.

Guide

Access Visual Arts (AVA)

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

This resource is a new and ongoing initiative of Access Visual Art, AccessTO and Akimbo and aims to provide you with up-to-date and reliable information about the physical accessibility features of art venues.

Directory

The Arts and Activism Directory

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

The Arts and Activism Directory (AAD) is co-produced by Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability. AAD is meant to recognize, commemorate, and document activism in the arts in Canada. The purpose is to highlight and profile artists in Canada who are exploring activism and social, cultural and political resistance in their practice.

Directory

Vital Practices in the Arts

Marketing & Communication, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Vital Practices in the Arts is a resource guide for documenting, producing, and sharing arts and knowledge in ways that are accessible, collaborative, and disruptive.

Guide

Creative Users COVID-19 Resource Directory

COVID-19

In light of these uncertain times, and with an urgency to keep communities actively involved in solving the challenges we face, we’re working with artists and community members to research and compile a central community source of information about supports and online tools for artists and arts leaders to make communication and online activity accessible. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute!

Directory

AccessAbility 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design

Marketing & Communication

Produced by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Revised second edition. This book is meant for anyone involved in the process of designing communication materials. This is a broad group of individuals, including professional graphic designers, clients, educators, students and many others.

Guide

The Art of Inclusion: Seven Steps

Visual Arts

Through an EnAbling Change Project with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (the Government of Ontario), the McMichael—in conjunction with service providers—has launched art education programs for a wider range of visitors with disabilities within an environment that directly supports their needs.

Guide

Social Media Accessibility Toolkit Hackpad

Web Accessibility

The toolkit is intended to help agencies evaluate the accessibility of their social media programs for persons with disabilities, identify areas that need improving, and share their own ideas and recommendations for helping ensuring our modernization programs are easily accessed by all who need them.

Toolkit

Cripping the Arts Digital Catalogue

ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, Performing Arts, Relaxed Performance, Visual Arts

In partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, the British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Ryerson University, Bodies in Translation and Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, Creative Users Projects co-hosted the Cripping the Arts in Canada Symposium in January 2019. The digital catalogue from the event is available online

Media

The Pulse on AMI-audio

Host Joeita Gupta along with guest contributors brings us closer to issues currently impacting the disabled community across Canada and the world. Listen Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Podcast

Art in the Time of COVID-19: Part 2

COVID-19

Art in the Time of COVID-19: Part 2 is a panel discussion that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Even though many artists are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re finding new and innovative ways to share their work for our collective well-being. Captioning and transcripts.

Panel

Art in the Time of COVID-19: Part 1

COVID-19

Art in the Time of COVID-19 is a panel discussion that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Even though many artists are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re finding new and innovative ways to share their work for our collective well-being. Captioning and transcripts.

Panel

Artist Producer Resource

ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, Performing Arts

A great resource for the performing arts community in Canada. Generator has gathered tips, tricks, and best practices for producing live performance in Canada and put them together in one place. Check out their Accessibility section for resources to help make your performances accessible for artists and audiences, and more.

Guide, Toolkit

Accessibility toolkit: A guide to making art spaces accessible

Marketing & Communication, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

This toolkit was developed by the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College, Tangled Art + Disability and in collaboration with disability-identified, Mad and Deaf Humber students and artists.

The result is an accessible PDF resource of developing practices that informs and educates artists, arts organizations, curators, students, staff and faculty on ways to incorporate accessibility into the presentation of art and design. The project provides practical guidelines around inclusion and access in art galleries and spaces.

Toolkit

Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit (DATT)

ASL Interpretation, Performing Arts

The Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit by Cahoots Theatre Company serves as a resource and guide to increase innovative collaborations between professional theatre companies and Deaf artists as well as to increase engagement with Deaf audiences.

Toolkit

ArtHelps.net Auxiliary Directory

COVID-19

Add your skills & capacity to various initiatives, to lend support and potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19 by:

  1. Providing relief & support to medical services & vulnerable populations.
  2. Strengthen networks & skills to create a faster recovery when gatherings are permitted again.
  3. Cope by helping, learning & adapting.

Please note, all initiatives listed in the directory are independently initiated and run.

Directory