Thursday, April 26, 2018

Screen Printing Residency at VSU

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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
Star

Saturday, April 21, 2018

FYI and Other Fun Stuff

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

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

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

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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

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

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 (shane.pendergrass@house.state.md.us & 410-841-3139) of the HGO committee and Speaker of Delegates Michael Busch (michael.busch@house.state.md.us & 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

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4/6/93

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.

Yours,
Dan k.

P.S.

Wait until we go bungee jumping!

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

The Disability Movement Then, Now and Future?

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.

Announcements: Events and Opportunities in Maryland

April 25,

"What I Wish For My Child" Request Apply By April 30, 5pm.

Apply By April 30, 5pm.  Tell us your custom "wish" for a child with special needs (ages 2-21) to live and play more independently.  (We also welcome referrals from educators, social workers, & medical professionals).  Our volunteer engineers work hand-in-hand with medical professionals to make dreams come true!  Five winners will be selected in July for a FREE custom solution.  All other requests become part of our year-round Custom AT Program.

April 13,

Please join Creative Chance TOMORROW at the World of #Possibilities #Expo in Rockville! You have the opportunity to take home a piece of artwork from local Baltimore #artist, Helen Edwards! Here are just a few lovely pieces by Helen!


April 12,

Through our differences we are united. Through our diverse powers we are strong. In a world where being different is too often seen as flaw, our tolerance and acceptance for all things fandom are an undeniable force for good. In a time when casting labels is easy, we are the seekers of truth. We are fans and this is Universal FanCon. Join us in stepping out of the shadows, because equality does not need to wear a mask. www.universalfancon.com 

I have seen Fancon pop up in a number of my feeds on disabilities, but that is not the theme of these event. In my readings, what I can assume this event is more about inclusion and acceptance no matter what and just have fun. If this is the case, these type of event should happen weekly.

April 11,

APR14, Disabilities Expo - World of Possibilities - Hosted by Caring Communities

Rockville, Maryland Annual World of Possibilities disAbilities Expo, for individuals with disAbilities and those who serve and love them.

World of Possibilities Disabilites Expo will provide an opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge and to explore the latest and greatest products, services, technology and resources that include: Assistive and Adaptive Devices, Durable Medical Equipment, Computer Software, Instructional Materials, Mobility Products, Adaptive Learning Tools, Disability Law Resources, Recreation/Travel Resources, Adapted Bikes/Adapted Exercise Equipment, Personal Care Products, Communication Devices, Products for the Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals, Local Agencies and Support Groups.




Fair Housing Act-50th Anniversary, Hosted by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. Maryland

Please Save-the-Date and join Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (www.bni-maryland.org) mark the 50th Anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act (Civil Rights Act) of 1968!

Information and services on:
-Housing discrimination
-Tenant & Landlord rights
-Legal advice
-Criminal record expungement
-Home weatherization and energy efficiency
-Renters and homeowners tax credits
-Senior housing opportunities
-And more!

April 10,

Creative Chance ANNOUNCING!!! Here is the lineup of artists for next week's expo!


April 5

April 4,


What are your summer plans? How about some Mad Science?! Join us at the Mary Salkever Inclusive Summer Camp! Spaces are limited! Sign up today! https://www.v-linc.org/summer-camp

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dan K. - King Gimp Gallery

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                                        Weekly Insight

When I use people as my subject, I rather take video so can capture their natural expressions. I feel when you ask people to take picture their real emotion are locked away.

The Phyliss Kind Collection My Wheelchair's Ego A Story With No Words
Original Screen Prints 2014

Through school Dan participated in many Art Department shows. In addition, his work was shown all across Maryland sponsored by Very Special Arts. In 1993 he was the Very Special Arts featured artist in their show at the U.B. Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore City. Currently, Dan is exclusively represented by the Phyllis Kind Gallery in SOHO, New York.
Dan had his first solo show in May of 2000. He has had work in several shows across the country including 2001-2002 eMotion Picture, An Exhibition of Orthopedics in Art. San Francisco, CA Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the San Francisco Presidio, Washington, DC Millennium Arts Center, Chicago, IL Chicago Cultural Center, New York, NY United Nations, United Cerebral Palsy Great Expressions art show 2000 and 2001, Towson and MD Sheppard Pratt Conference Center