I was diagnosed with dyspraxia as an adult and encountered a surprising amount of blatant [and also not so obvious] disability discrimination, in the voluntary sector and the professions. Currently I am waiting for a diagnosis for ADD, a massively under-diagnosed learning difference.
So, when they said I was ‘too disabled’ I thought…hmmm, we will see! I am an activist in human rights, disability rights and to balance that, happiness as a skill we can all get better at.
Art should be by [and for] everyone. A life well-lived includes art adding beauty and joy to life. as someone with dyspraxia, fragmented beauty really appeals to me, and combining other people’s art with my own words carries the weight of different contexts.
I think Art has the power to change lives, and I want to learn better how to combine art and disability rights.
I am a poet, parent and traveller. Hope to keep on travelling!