Crossing Boundaries: Art, Science, Technology And Disability

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Crossing Boundaries: Art, Science, Technology and Disability



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This study tries to explore the concept of disabilities and art in a holistic context. The main focus of research is on how people with disabilities have adopted art and have become models of inspiration for the common people who are disabled. Secondary research method is applied where famous disabled artists have been used as examples. The study also talks about how art can play a role in getting the self-esteem of the disabled people back.

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My Art Practice: Inspiration from Artists and People with Disabilities6




Disability studies is a relatively new field of academics that focuses on the roles of people with disabilities in various disciplines like literature, architecture, history, social policy, etc. These studies began to bloom in the end of 20th century. The disability theorists believe that both normal and disabled people should be given equal rights. Furthermore, disabled people should be motivated so that they can live life happily as others and their participations should be encouraged in the fields of law, arts, architecture, etc.

My disability involves several health conditions that have impacted on the physical appearance of my body. I have had several operations since birth. By the age of thirteen I had to have operations on one of my legs and on my hips. This was quite urgent in order to prevent me from having to use a wheelchair permanently. The operation was successful, although afterwards I needed to walk with the support of crutches. However after several years, I have developed severe arthritis in both of my shoulders as a result. In 2008 I had my right leg amputated above the knee and was told that I might only be able to walk short distances and would need to use my wheelchair more. A special wheelchair was made for my size due to my height being 4 ft tall. In relation to my amputation I am patient with my mobility. In my experience, things take a lot longer because I need to plan in advance to get anything done. Using a wheelchair in my daily life and observing the limits for access to some places does reveal the barriers that still exist for disabled people (MacGregor 1989, 123).

Now, at the age of thirty-one I have learned about and met many people in hospitals - physiotherapists, occupational therapists and consultants, who have helped me find ways of managing my life as independently as possible. This has included socialising with friends, finding paid employment, doing household chores such ...
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