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Colin Hambrook established Disability Arts Online in 2004. Since then he has been editing and maintaining the journal and its social media outlets. In his blog he comments on aspects of stuff going in within Disability Arts and the specific arts programmes Dao is engaged with.. as well being known to vent the occasional rant.

Reappraisal of BBC Three's mental health season: Don't Call Me Crazy

7 August 2013


array of newspaper headlines around anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

I recently ran a critical review of BBC Three's Don't Call Me Crazy season. It received a plethora of comments presenting opposing views, either castigating or applauding the programme makers. I made the mistake of just giving the programme a cursory glance. There is so much exploitative tv relating to a broad range of impairments including mental health, which sets out to manipulate the viewer down the same old path of tragic and brave storytelling. The usual format is to lead the...

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Colin Hambrook urges DAO readers to interact with Liz Crow's Bedding Out

1 August 2013


Cartoon showing a female wheelchair user being held poised over a pond labelled as an 'Atos test'.

In the run-up to taking Bedding Out to the Edinburgh Fringe from 9-10 August,  Liz Crow has been busy taking the many thousands of messages in tweets made during the last performance in April at Salisbury Arts Centre and formatting the conversations as a downloadable resource divided into topics ranging from talking about labels and identity, the reality of our lives as disabled people, the welfare system, propaganda and campaigning. You can find these if you scroll down the Bedding Out...

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