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Title: Arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people: towards a ‘practice spectrum’ approach
Authors: Newsinger, Jack
Green, William
First Published: 6-May-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Disability and Society, 2016, 31 (3), pp. 357-372
Abstract: This article argues for an approach to the evaluation of arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people that goes beyond the dialogic antagonism between Disability Arts and community arts, and towards a ‘practice spectrum’. Little is known about the extent to which a Disability Arts perspective has extended into arts policy and practice for disabled children and young people. The article aims to redress this knowledge gap. It is based upon two sets of data collected in relation to the East Midlands region of England during 2014. First, a critical evaluation was conducted of official and institutional attitudes to arts practice with disabled children and young people. Second, interviews exploring contemporary practice were conducted with 24 arts organisations. Their practice represents a diverse range of art forms and programmes undertaken in the region, and a range of attitudes and positions taken towards disabled children and young people. We argue that the best way to conceive of current practice is as a spectrum, as opposed to an antagonism between community arts and Disability Arts perspectives. There is, however, little evidence of the penetration of a Disability Arts perspective into policy and practice for children and young people.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09687599.2016.1174102
ISSN: 0968-7599
eISSN: 1360-0508
Embargo on file until: 6-Nov-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: The file associated with this record is under an 18-month embargo from publication in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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