This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit

Disability Arts Online

> > Editorial and Commissioning Policies

Dao is an online journal for disabled and deaf artists and all individuals and organisations engaged in the field of Disability Arts. Wherever ‘Dao’ is used, it refers to the entity ‘Disability Arts Online’.

Editorial Policy

• The opinions expressed in DAO, either within feature articles or the forum, are those of the writers and not of the editorial team, or of the journals’ host organisation, its funders or sponsors.

• Dao seeks to publish critical opinions from contributors to the journal, when backed up with evidence. However Dao will not publish any personal invective, which seeks to discredit or bring prejudice to targeted individuals.

• The editorial team aims to correct and publish all errors of fact and to publish apologies for these where appropriate.

• DAO accepts unsolicited press releases, reviews, features, creative writing and art work relevant to Disability Arts. However, acceptance of material does not guarantee publication.

• Copyright for any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio published in DAO remains with the journal, except where the creator of the work is named as owner of copyright for any material.

• DAO is committed to advancing the human rights of disabled people.

• DAO uses the term disabled people to include people with physical, sensory, emotional and cognitive impairments

• DAO opposes all discrimination on the grounds of disability, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, class, or religious belief.

• DAO works within the Social Model which regards disability as something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily excluded and marginalised from society. For example this might be through lack of physical access or through prejudicial attitudes and discrimination.

Commissioning Policy

• DAO aims to publish art work and comment on the arts by disabled people, which is fresh, exciting, analytical, critical, controversial, stimulating and creative.

• DAO aims to commission work by disabled artists and Disability Arts, and Inclusive Arts organisations.

• DAO aims to profile projects and best practice within the Arts, particularly from arts organisations e.g. Disability Arts Forums and Agencies, which are led by disabled people.

• DAO aims to pay disabled artists for material commissioned for publication. Rates of payment for comment, reviews, features, are £50 per 500 words or £100 per article if agreed feature is over 1000 words. Payment is limited by budgetary constraints and is at the editors’ discretion. All fees paid are subject to UK tax laws. All contributors are liable for making their own tax arrangements.

• DAO aims to commission disabled artists to produce artworks specifically for the site.

• If you wish to retain copyright or licence over material commissioned for publication on DAO, when submitting material, please state your conditions or terms for use. In all other instances, on submission of any contribution, DAO reserves the right to use, modify, adapt, publish, distribute, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to the contribution.