Artists with Disabilities

Careers in the Arts

Artist Registry

VSA Florida showcases artists with disabilities through our Artist Registry. The registry is the only comprehensive database of adult artists with disabilities living in the state of Florida. All art forms are represented including visual art, performing art, and literary work.  Click here for more information.

 

Webinars for Artist Registry Members

VSA Florida will be kicking off its webinar series for our Registry artists. The first in the series is, "How To Create & Use Demos and YouTube Videos to Market Yourself" on Monday, November 21st at 12:15-12:45pm. Please note, this is a date change (previously November 15th). Guest instructor, William Coleman, has years of experience as an accomplished musician skilled at using technology and social media to showcase his artistic talents.  Get "How To" pointers and "VSA Florida Next Steps" for getting get your name out there!

To register for the webinar, please go to  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3147316/Webinar-registration and complete the form.

 

Apropos

VSA Florida distributes a biannual e-newsletter for artists with disabilities. The September 2016 edition can be read here. 

For more information on adult programs, contact Sandra Sroka, Adult Programs Coordinator at 813-974-0712 or srokas.vsafl@gmail.com.

 

Resources on Arts and Disability

  • Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts: The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television. http://inclusioninthearts.org/
  • Deaf Nation: Aiming to be the online resource for the deaf and hard of hearing community, Deaf Nation provides news, video clips with sign language, and "the latest in deaf sports."  www.deafnation.com   
  • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs: The Division of Cultural Affairs works to ensure that meaningful arts experiences are available to all of its state's citizens. A number of resources are available to raise awareness, improve overall customer service and comply with the ADA laws. http://dos.myflorida.com/cultural/info-and-opportunities/resources-by-topic/accessibility/
  • National Endowment for the Arts Office for Accessibility: The National Endowment for the Arts' Office for Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment and strives to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.  www.nea.gov/resources/Accessibility/index.html   
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Valuable resources about accessibility, arts and education are available for teachers, students, parents, artists and arts administrators. www.kennedy-center.org/accessibility/education/lead/resources.html
  • The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC): NADC is a national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. www.semel.ucla.edu/nadc    

 

Resources on Assistive Technology and Adaptive Art

  • ABLEDATA: Information about domestic and international companies that sell assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment. http://abledata.com/
  • AbleNet, Inc.: Assistive technology and curriculum solutions, including communication aids for nonverbal individuals, access aids for all ages and situations, and special education classroom curriculum and software. www.ablenetinc.com
  • Assistivetech.net: Searchable, national database of assistive technology products. http://assistivetech.net/
  • Dancing Dots: Serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training. www.dancingdots.com/main/index.htm
  • Described and Captioned Media Program: The program's mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. https://dcmp.org/  <
  • Extensions for Independence: Designer and manufacturer of home and office-related equipment for the persons with disabilities including —a motorized easel, mouth-stick brush holder, and many other useful adaptive tools for artists and others. http://mouthstick.net/index.htm#Products  
  • FAAST (Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology): FAAST provides demonstrations, information, and device loans to help Floridians make informed decisions and select the AT that best meets their needs. www.faast.org/
  • Infinitec: Scroll down to "Adaptive Artists." You'll find resources and equipment for visual artists with physical disabilities. www.infinitec.org/programsservices.htm
  • The Kennedy Center Adaptive Arts Resources: Provides a list of sources for adaptive art supplies and tools for artists and musicians from VSA Arts. www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/adaptive_resources.cfm

 

Self-Employment for Artists with Disabilities

  • JAN - the Job Accommodation Network: A free information, consulting, and referral service providing resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other relevant laws, workplace accommodations for people with disabilities, and assistance with self-employment and small business development options. https://askjan.org/entre/pubs/Entre_Artists.doc

 

Training & Educational Resources