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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

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Oct. 25
We are excited to announce the launch of the “Together We’re Better” Artwork Contest! Entries created on the theme of “Kaleidoscope of Friends” are due by December 14. For more info on TWB, check out our website below!
Sept. 14,
VIA @arts_sped Our annual conference 'sells' out fast. Don't let that discourage you. We have a waiting list every year, and we are always able to get some people in. That being said - don't delay!

Sept. 5

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award 2019

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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March 18,

March 5,
Art exhibit accessible to visually impaired comes to Indianapolis

Feb. 26,
An artist with cerebral palsy, and without limitations

Feb. 11,
Artistas con Síndrome de Down exhiben obras en Bellas Artes

Feb. 11,
Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility 

Feb. 7
Welcome to “Touch This Page!”
Oct. 2,
'There aren’t enough where characters talk about sex' talks w/

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

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Feb. 1,

I thought it a big deal when they put the trigger button on top of the joystick. On the first Atari joystick, I would use my knee for the button. 

Jan. 31.
Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs
It is nice to see accessibility being built in to software compare to having to pay extra for it, but that is the whole idea of universal design!

Oct. 9,
New Smart Wheelchair Cushion to Address Pressure Ulcers 

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

Sept, 17,

20,000 prize pool. Nominations for the World Cerebral Palsy Day Awards 2018 are now open. 

Aug. 28,

Disability rights activist says people think she doesn’t have sex because she has cerebral palsy — and talks pregnancy and feeling confident in her own skin

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

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Jan. 30

Jan. 15,
This always happens many times with Dena and me, the smallest things in life can become the biggest test. We do express how we feel to businesses, not just to complain but rather to bring awareness.

Jan. 13,
We love this too! Inclusion in every area is needed, including wedding shop display windows #wheelchairbride

Oct. 30,
 It is time for our communities to come together and work as one, since our government cannot!  This is the only way to stop all of the negativity in are country.
Wasi Mohamed is the executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. This evening, at a community event, in front of thousands of people gathered to mourn the 11 Jewish souls murdered yesterday, he not only announced that the Muslim community had raised over $70,000 to pay for funeral and medical expenses of the victims, he also offered the protection of the Muslim community at Jewish services- literally offering to stand outside our synagogues— as well as to escort anyone there and back or even to a grocery store if they were scared.

He spoke so beautifully, so sincerely. The audience rose as a whole to applaud him.

I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him.

 Oct. 29,
When I was growing up, I was taught this was a sign of freedom of expression and acceptance, but in recent years it has became a sign of hate and power. If people think it is disrespect to kneel in silence protest, why not get more upset when hate groups march holding the flag? I always see King Trump wearing a flag pin, but really he is just using it as a way to enforce will and have his way.  I think we life in a time that people forgot why we were the land of the free and tolerance of all.

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.