DanceAbility International’s mission is to encourage the evolution of mixed-abilities dance by cultivating a common ground for creative expression for all people. The mission is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training and workshops.The work of DanceAbility International helps decrease prejudice and misconceptions about diversity in the field of dance, and by extension in society.
Disability and the Arts
The mission of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is to further the artistic expression of people with both hidden and visible disabilities. We view disability as a natural and valuable variation of the human form. We believe affirmative disability identity is intertwined with racial, gender, social, and economic justice.
DACP accomplishes this mission by supporting the creative expression of people with disabilities. DACP utilizes the performing arts as a method of examining disability in relation to society. DACP also supports established and emerging artists, as well as the community at large, in developing knowledge and expression of disability culture and pride.
Through vision, leadership, and service, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life.
Regional Arts & Culture Council
108 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209-3318
Oregon Arts Access Toolkit This online toolkit contains information, ideas, and resources that can help Oregon arts organizations to better provide access to the arts for people with disabilities.
PHAME Academy, Portland’s fine arts academy serving developmentally-challenged adults.
1640 NW 19th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
VSA Arts, an international nonprofit organization, founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides publications, resources, awards and events for artists with disabilities.
818 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 800.933.8721 Toll Free
The mission of the National Arts & Disability Center (NADC) is to promote the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.The NADC is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community, and the only center of its kind. Recipients of our technical assistance include museums, performing arts organizations, art centers, film and television companies and unions, universities and colleges, national publications, disability specific groups, artists with disabilities, arts educators, students, arts administrators and government policy makers.
The National Institute of Art & Disabilities provides an art program that promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.
The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Inc. (NTWH) aspires to be the finest theatre arts-training institution in the world for persons with physical disabilities. We are a non-profit educational, production, and advocacy organization founded in 1977 by Brother Rick Curry, S.J., PhD. Since 1977, we have grown into an international institution with a campuses in the heart of New York City and in the coastal town of Belfast, Maine. In addition to our workshop classes, we offer theatre and community workshops and forums for dramatic literature on themes of disability, maintain a professional repertory theatre that showcases the talents of NTWH students, and act as a management and promotion agency for our students.
Artist Brandon Tipler finds success at Medford studio (http://www.dhs.state.or.us/dd/supp_emp/stories/written_story/brandon.pdf)
SignPlay – Information regarding signed performances in Oregon and Southwest Washington
Missed the series of lectures on disability studies in music? Read this short review of the lecture Theorizing Disability in Music by UCEDD staff Melissa Mitchell. The handouts from this lecture may also be downloaded.
We want to extend opportunities for everyone to create and share music so we do aim for maximum flexibility in our resources. In addition, we will do all we can to customize our materials to the special needs of someone with a disability. If we can’t provide what’s required, we will put you in touch with those who can.
The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.
The following articles provide a tour of what this organization and other groups and individuals are doing to raise the visibility and respect for disability arts – and artists – worldwide. Disaboom.org was founded by Dr. J. Glen House, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation who is also a quadriplegic. His firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and those whose lives they touch has driven the Disaboom.org mission: to create the first comprehensive, evolving source of information, insight, and personal engagement for the disability community.