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We may still be dealing with extreme issues like inaccessible transport, lack of choice in living arrangements and even disability hate crimes. But we’re often also dealing with the additional complications that misguided cultural assumptions impose upon us.

Andre Jordan's Dear Disabled Friend #21 cartoon, showing a wobbly drawing of a microphone on its stand, with text saying 'please come to the pop concert with me. The fact that you get cheap taxi fares and the best seat in the house has absolutely nothing to do with it.'

Credit: Andre Jordan

Cultural events like Australia's Awakenings Arts Festivals and London's annual Liberty Festival challenge commonly held notions of disability as mere deficit. These unique cultural responses and political re-imaginings are being put out there by creatives ‘othered’ by their experiences of disability. These exciting exploratory spaces go far beyond the traditional rehabilitation, advocacy or wellbeing approaches that may negatively frame disability’s presence within the arts.   

This section of AccessAbility provides a quick round up of the type of vibrant talent out there in the international disability arts and disability culture movements. Throughout much of this, you’ll find crip culture’s more subversive insights, humour and pride "naming and claiming who we are" - Cheryl Marie Wade, self-proclaimed 'Queen Mother of Gnarly'.