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  1. Socially Speaking VSA Access Gallery

  2. Overview • What is a disability? • How many people in this country have a disability? • What percentage of people with disabilities were born with their disability? • Do any of you know someone with a disability?

  3. Famous artistswith disabilities • Beethoven • Chuck Close • Dale Chihully • YoYo Ma • Others?

  4. Social Justice/Civil Rights • Medical Model • Handicapped • WWI – Veterans Issues • 1960’s - Civil Rights • 1975 - IDEA • 1990 - ADA

  5. ADA • Americans With Disabilities Act – July 1990 • Expansion of the Civil Rights Act • Employment • Government Services • Access to Goods and Services • Telecommunications

  6. What does all this have to do with Art?

  7. 2014 - CRPD • Do people with disabilities deserve the same rights as people without disabilities? • Why? Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As of today the US and Ireland are the only 2 western countries that have not ratified this UN sponsored treaty.

  8. Our Response

  9. Art as Social Change Agent • 1. Art can be a powerful agent for Social Change • 2. Creativity is a tool for all to use • Now it is your turn to help solve a challenge for people with disabilities face every day.