Author Archives: aletmanski

Painting of Frida Kahlo

Disability Digest #6 (February 14-21)

“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit” – Frida Kahlo. Thanks #womensart (Images are © to respective owners) Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons … Read More

Disability Digest

Disability Digest #5 (February 6-13)

“Winter Mourning” by artist, philosopher and activist Judith Snow. Image courtesy Jack Pearpoint and Inclusion Press. Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons with disability or by separating their disability from their … Read More

Disability Digest #4 (January 30 – February 5)

Cartoon copyright John Callahan Dear Reader Disability is written out of history either by ignoring the contributions of persons with disability or by separating their disability from their contributions. This issue of the Disability Digest is still in beta mode … Read More

Christina's World print

Disability Digest #3 (January 21 – 28 )

Andrew Wyeth. Christina’s World. 1948. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Andrew Wyeth Dear Reader Thanks for your feedback on the first two issues of this Digest. I confess I’m having trouble limiting the number of profiles as … Read More

Prosthetic

Disability Digest #2 (January 9 – 15th, 2021)

Sophie de Oliveira Barata, founder of the Alternative Limb Project, works closely with amputees to create surreal and glamorous prosthetic limbs that “can help to break down social barriers, and delight the eye.” Courtesy #womensart Dear Reader Thanks for the … Read More

Disability digest #1

UK artist Susan Austin, underwater performance in wheelchair, 2013 aimed to challenge perceptions of disability #womensart. Credit: https://twitter.com/womensart1 Dear Reader This is  a beta version of something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, create a digest that … Read More

Life comes from life

Life comes from life. It comes from life in every shape, size, and background. Complex lives. Messy lives. Struggling lives. Determined lives. Funny lives. Mysterious lives. Sensual lives. Beautiful lives. Sacred lives. It doesn’t come from machines, technology, techniques, and … Read More

The Power of Disability

My new book The Power of Disability was published in February just before the pandemic hit. Momentum had started, reviews were positive, and book concerts featuring local artists with disability were lined up. Covid put all that on hold. Book … Read More

Learning from the Danes – building back better (fifth in a series)

Monumental change requires a mindset that is wildly different from the status quo. Otherwise the momentum of an outdated approach will ensnare us. This mindset influences what we aspire to, the values we hold dear, the way we conduct ourselves … Read More

Nothing About Us Without Us – Building back better (fourth in a series)

The recent Throne Speech promised a Canadian Disability Benefit. This makes Canada the first country in the world to commit to ending poverty for its disabled citizens. It’s an historic investment in their financial well being. If properly designed the … Read More