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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Screen Printing Residency at VSU


The idea is to go to college and use the whole campus as a tool to grow, but most time each department keeps to it's self. This was not the idea Smoot took when he brought me to SVU, because funds were tight and ultimately he wanted everyone to share my story. I think he got funding from 5 different departments and offices. This only meant that he had to share me and not keep me chained to the press(joke) we did three speaking engagements last week. it was tiring, but to me that is how it should be. my story does not just fit into one box and needs to be shared with the world.

Its good to be home, but now the withdraw kicks in thinking about the wonderful week we just had reconnecting as a couple and with old friends. Although Wifey and I did not have much time to our selves, we did make the best of it. more importantly, it was how she showed her support of wake up and getting me to the studio to make the most of my week. I would really to THANK Smoot for making this happen, he did not only take care of my as a friend and artist, but as a business man. Smoot pulled a lot of people together on and off of campus to make this possible.

He also pull together a wonderful team of students to help me produce new work, this week was more about that. It was about growing as people and artist and learning that everyone has something to contribute in their own way.

Porpoise Beastly
The Window Waves

Monday, April 23, 2018

We Want Love and All Good Stuff Too

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June 12,

Couple with Down syndrome: 'Love is love'

April 27,

Take a look at this heart OFFICIAL TRAILER
 This is the trailer to Ben Duffy's 4th feature length documentary "Take a look at this heart". A film about love, sexuality, and the human bond within the disabled community. The film takes you on a journey into the lives of 17 very unique people; some with disabilities and the partners who love them, others struggling to get by in a world that seems to often overlook them. In exploring the confidence and unconditional love that these humans have for themselves and each other, you may begin to question your own notions on life, love, and what it means to really feel in every sense of the word.

April 23,

Saturday, April 21, 2018

FYI and Other Fun Stuff

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May 8,

Are you passionate about disability rights? Are you passionate about writing? If you answered yes to both questions, we want YOU to apply for the new Rooted in Writing Fellowship! Applications are open now through May 21st, so what are you waiting for? Apply now!

April 30

Shaquem Griffin drafted by Seahawks, becomes first one-handed player picked in #NFL draft modern era

April 28,

I would like to put a back on the drive seat and straps on the foot pedals, I could drive Wifey around for once. She still is not brave enough to ride on the back of my power chair.

April 24,

5 Tips to Tackle Wheelchair Hiking

April 21,

I used to used fish tank tubing, since I could reuse it and it would not gimp mashed from biting on it. We could also cut it for different lengths, coffee pots, pitchers of hot tea, beer bottle, shot glasses...
Now i use silicone straws, I wonder if is a little better then plastic straws, since they are reusable?

People often ask me, what do OTs do? So far the best description I come up is that they are the general contractors of the Disability Community.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Artists Opportunities

May 8,

@ArtsAccessVic has announced the inaugural Stella Young Award, a $3,000 prize for a young Australian artist with a disability who has demonstrated significant impact in disability activism through their artistic practice. Entries close Friday 25 May. Apply here!

April 26,

Are you a young artist with a disability? Does your artwork bypass the ordinary & challenge the predictable? Apply today for the DETOUR artist competition. 15 winning artists share a total of $60,000. Apply by May 31, 2018 at .
 April 19,

2018 Art Ability Call for Entry is now open. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Other Artist to Check Out

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Aug. 14,

Disability is more than the deficit of diagnosis. It is an aesthetic, a series of intersecting cultures, and a creative force.
June 16,

Calhoun artist Grace Key lives out her 'Be the Light' message

At the Harvard University Harvard Art Museums Forbes Pigment Collection, many of the world's rarest hues are preserved. Just don't ask Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, what his favorite color is...

June 15,

The Seated Photographers @theseatedphotographer
We are a group of photographers who want to share our unique view of the world with everyone. We will continue to give updates on individual photographers.

June 15,

Becky will be performing and mentoring in "Shops & Robbers" THIS WEEKEND: June 15-17 and 22-24 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.

May 15,

Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive
Creative Growth Art Center is dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Today, their work has been shown all over the world, from La Biennale di Venezia to MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

May 9,

Meet designer Fisayo Quadric, she's a junior at Pratt Institute. As part of Cerebral Palsy Foundation's #designfordisability project, she has focused on functionality by creating garments that explore easy and new ways of getting in and out of clothes. We can't wait to see her designs on the runway at our design for disability gala tomorrow!
For more on our events:

May 3,

Michael (Stigy) a I’m disabled abstract artist from Twickenham. I attended an art and design access course at a West London college.

April 30,

Josh Blue: Artist and Comic

April 24,

Something about Gaelynn’s music and singing leaves a comfort to the soul… love her beautiful folk songs!
“Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.”

April 19,

A talented young #artist with autism fulfilled his dream of visiting an amusement park in Europe with proceeds of his hand-designed tile business. Motivational interview with Malcolm Corley conducted by Inspiration Matters

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Story With No Words


I am well know for my portrait work, everyone is always amaze of how I can caption emotions. When people are not talkers as myself, we spend a lot a time as observers of life. This has help me in my art work and a way to read people in who I should let into me inner circle. The reason why I started to paint eyes is that they are the most expressive part of the body, even more then the mouth. When eyes talk, there is no way to hide the truth.

Gaze Whisper Repulsed
Peak Heartbeat Shy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Technology and It's Infinite Possibilities

April 19,

Grateful Dead Drummer's Quest to End Alzheimer's
The real power of art is still locked up, because there is no way to control or measure it.  Amazing things happens when it is only you, canvas and music!

April 11,

MD TAP works everyday to make sure technology is available to those that need it! This video is a taste of what's possible.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cerebral Palsy Facts and Fun Stuff

April 20,

Why does it seem more accepted to use Botox to treat symptoms of Cerebral Palsy compare to Medical Marijuana?

A few years ago, it seemed to be a "trend" to treat spastic CP with Botox injections. To me, this was an insane concept, to go inject poison into ones body for a temporary fix.  There are some people that would make the same argument of using Medical Marijuana for the same purpose.

To me, they are the some, Botox just seems safer since it is legal and a doctor administrates it. These two drugs are not cures and it troubles me that most of these studies have been conducted on children and not adults. I would rather suck a weed pop, every now and then just relax, nothing is a "cure".

April 10,

Giving a Voice to Cerebral Palsy and Chronic Pain

What My Scars From Cerebral Palsy Surgeries Mean to Me

March 22,

Brain Stimulation May Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds

Things to Ponder

July 6,

#45 is the biggest embarrassment to the human race. As soon as he won, I said Honey we are moving to a cave. Really I try to keep my bitches to disability issue so my voice does not become like a mosquito, but that is becoming impossible.

June 12,

Depression Isn’t Sadness and Suicide Isn’t a Cry For Help… by Steve Safran

June 7,

People with disabilities make up about 20% of the population, but are featured in less than 2% of the images we see in the media. The images we see are far from real, and far from enough. Let’s change that.

May 31,

 How to Spot the Language of Depression
 April 29,

A young woman locked up in a mental hospital, shocks doctors by revealing who she really is.
Ten Days in a Mad-House articles 

Exclusive: 10 Days In A Madhouse Illustrated Reading of Nellie Bly's Book on Blackwell Insane Asylum 

April 27,

So this popped up in my email, I am almost tempted to see what happens if I did apply for a permit. Imagine how crazy that would be, if a  guy with Cerebral Palsy can carry a gun in pubic "just in case". I think, I would have more support for that than I would to have wheelchair access to my corner adult book store.

April 10,

A Harder Death for People With Intellectual Disabilities

This is the first time I have seen an article talking about to downside of prolonging someone's life. These are the things I think about when the medical rights debate comes up.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Disability Movement in Maryland

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Aug. 14,
University of Maryland announces new center for students with disabilities 

May 25,

Maryland parents battle with school districts to get special education services for their children

April 5,

Maryland legislature must scramble to help quadriplegic man from Bethesda, who faces losing his job because of MD law.

Together We Can Make A Difference! Please support Maryland's SB 660 and HB 1280 Bills. Time is running out. These bills will help ensure that WORKING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN KEEP BOTH THEIR NURSING SERVICES AND THEIR PAYCHECK.
STATUS UPDATE: SB 660 unanimously passed the Senate finance committee. HB 1280 is held up in the HGO committee and needs to be voted out ASAP identical to the recently approved amendments within SB 660 bill. HB 1280 must be identical to SB 660 and not include any new house amendments creating additional legislative delays.

To assure this happens, please email or call Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass ( & 410-841-3139) of the HGO committee and Speaker of Delegates Michael Busch ( & 410-841-3800) asking both of them to pass an identical HB 1280 bill that is identical to the approved SB 660 bill and approved SB 660 amendments.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Original Photo-Litho Prints



Dear Wheelchair,

Our relationship is love and hate. I hate you because you have to be so picky about where you can take me. I love you because you save my knees from getting tired and sore.

I know you hate me because how I treat you. You probably think you are unlucky to be my wheelchair, I always put you in trunks of cars, under buses, in dark closets and take you camping. You would probably like to be somebody else’s wheelchair where you sit at home. Think how adventurous your life has been.

Dan k.


Wait until we go bungee jumping!

My Precious 2008 Good & Evil 2008
Nurture, 2008 No, 2008

The Disability Movement Then, Now and Future?

Aug. 13,

"With less than three months until the Midterm Election on November 6, now is the time for disabled voters to take the #CripTheVote Challenge. Pick three disability issues you care about most, and ask candidates about them." 
June 13,

Delay Sought For Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate
If this is the GPS system that alarms when the provider and client goes off when they are farther then 5 miles from the home, it should be thrown in the trash. That is the system they have in Ohio and in my opinion, it is like have an ankle bracelet.

“Congressional lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to delay for one year a controversial Medicaid requirement that personal care service providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities in their homes.”
May 29,

"For anyone who asks why you would get a citation for parking in the striped area in a handicap zone, THIS IS WHY!!!"
 May 21,

Medicaid cuts put Montana's disabled in emergency situation

April 30,

April 16,

Filing an #ADA Complaint is Easier Than You Think

April 12,

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Saves the Americans With Disabilities Act—For Now 

Proposed rollback of Americans with Disabilities Act is permanently stalled #handsoffADA

The Seventh Circuit Just Made It Harder for People With Medical Conditions to Keep Their Jobs

April 10,

Disability rights movement's legislative impact sprang from on-campus activism

April 6,

Happy 41st Anniversary 504 Sit-In

Photo – Adam Bertaina, who at the age of 4 1/2, was the youngest 504 Sit-In demonstrator.

Adam (October 29, 1972 - July 11, 1992) is shown here at the Disabled Peoples’ Civil Rights Day March and Rally in San Francisco, October 20, 1979. He is in a row of little kids in wheelchair strollers, some with helium balloons. There is a large picket sign facing forward on the back of his stroller that says: 

April 4,

Lawmakers Band Together To Defend ADA 
U.S. Senate Democrats are vowing to block legislation that would dramatically alter the Americans with Disabilities Act.