Literature, performing arts and culture

There is so much to be said and written about in this section! If you’ve never had the pleasure of sitting in an audience viewing an evening of Disability Culture, you may not have experienced the “aha! moment” that can profoundly shift your view of the world and the people in it. When Ryerson sought funding for its “Art with Attitude” annual events back in the early 2000’s, the major potential funder was quite sceptical about funding a “celebration” of disability arts and culture. They were willing to support a “charity” event for the underprivileged, but they couldn’t quite see how the word “celebration” would apply. Until they did. Until they attended a performance and experienced that “Aha moment” — then they were all in!

Take some time to click on the links below and learn more about the contributions of disabled authors, artists and performers.


January 18, 2023 (CBC Nova Scotia). Meet one of the signers who translated the Mi’kmaq Honour Song into sign language

Two women stand in a forest and turn to face the camera

Mi’kmaw signers Holly Green and Sheila Johnson

October 13, 2022 (The Coast) Nocturne 2022: QUIET PARADE marches to a more accessible future

Artists with disabilities and illnesses requiring low-stimulation events that don’t aggravate their health risks collaborated to make a ground-breaking Quiet Parade in Halifax in October, 2022.

ThisAbility. Ann Arbor, MI, 1995

Art with Attitude. Culture Cauldron.


Abilities Arts. Tangled

Kenny Fries, David Roche, Jane Field, Spirit Synott, Kazumi Tsuroka, John Feld, Victoria Maxwell, Riva Lehrer, Alex Bulmer, Erin Clark and so many more!

Useless Eaters Cabaret

Abilities Magazine

Liz Carr, Assisted Suicide, The Musical; And Liz Carr being interviewed about the show.

SHAMELESS: The Art of Disability

Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember

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