This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 10: Disability Arts
Disability Arts has been defined as:
art by disabled people for disabled people that speaks the truth about the disability experience.
(Masefield 2006: 22)
Masefield's definition suggests that Disability Arts involves the portrayal of the experience of living in a disabling world, but the term has become a catch-all for work by disabled individuals and companies of disabled artists, whose arts production does not necessarily exemplify Disability Arts within a political context.
The Disability Arts movement began in the mid-1970s, as part of the growing surge of political activism by disabled people during this period. By the mid-1990s Disability Arts Fora (DAFs) had been set up in many major cities within the UK. Largely disability-led, they provided training to make the arts more inclusive, and also ...