A matter of perception 

Disabled entrepreneurs who choose the arts to engage with their audiences.
Aerialist Lauren Watson in a scene from 'NERVE'. Photo: Cinnamon Smith. A performer with her leg and arms raised, balancing on her sitting bones. The background is pitch black with soft lights illuminating her body.

A disability is defined as a condition that restricts a person from doing certain activities (activity limitation) and from interacting with the world around them (participation restrictions).

The late disability activist Stella Young (1982-2014) is renowned for her 2014 TED talk that focused on how society objectifies people with disabilities, perceiving them as “inspiration porn”, as Young so aptly described it then. Using her disability news and opinion website, Ramp Up, as a platform, Young was outspoken about humanising people with disabilities instead of objectifying them as being “brave” or “heroic”.

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Art sparks my imagination. Uplifts my soul. Without it, I would shrivel up and become dust. An aimless wanderer searching for that next theatre fix, book fix, cinema fix. My first play was cathartic in reconciling my past so that I could be present in the present.