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Issue Papers:

How Technology Impacts Careers in the Arts
By E. William Clymer, MBA
This paper addresses the following statement by the Project Director for the 2009 National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities: “Since the 1998 Summit, advances in technology have transformed the workplace.  This paper will identify major trends in these advances as they affect the definition of careers in the arts for all Americans, as well as facilitate participation of people with disabilities in all possible arts careers, both traditional and visionary”.

Technology Issue Paper by E. William Clymer, MBA (DOC)

Technology Issue Paper by E. William Clymer, MBA (PDF)

Legal Developments: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
By Carrie Griffin Basas, J.D.
Two sets of laws and policies affect the lives and careers of people with disabilities interested in working in the arts -- the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and social security laws. In the ten years since the last summit, much change has happened in these laws.  This paper will move through the issues faced by artists with disabilities—from education to employment.

Legal Issue Paper by Carrie Griffin Basas (DOC)

Funding: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
By Deborah Lewis
The value and support of the arts is a dialogue that we continue to have in this country as the economy changes. This paper will illuminate the issues that specifically focus on support for people with disabilities in the arts.

Funding Issue Paper by Deborah Lewis (DOC)

Funding Issue Paper by Deborah Lewis (PDF)

Issues Paper on Higher Education
By Carol Funckes
This Issues Paper on the role played by higher education in contributing to the professional preparation of disabled artists, performers, writers, administrators and those in other art-related fields was drafted to provide a common background on the subject for participants of the second National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities.

Higher Education Issue Paper by Carol Funckes(DOC)



Resource Materials:

Careers in the Arts Mentorship (CAIM) Executive Summary

Careers in the Arts Initiative Mentoring Program – Executive Summary (DOC)

Careers in the Arts Initiative Mentoring Program – Executive Summary (PDF)

The Employment of Performers with Disabilities in the Entertainment Industry
The executive summary of “The Employment of Performers with Disabilities in the Entertainment Industry,” a report commissioned the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 2003 to create a comprehensive profile of the employment of SAG members with disabilities.

The Employment of Performers with Disabilities in the Entertainment Industry by Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., and Katharine Hayward, Ph.D.

The Institute Brief: Effective Career Development Strategies for Young Artists with Disabilities
This brief reports on effective strategies that 47 young artists with disabilities used to gain access to arts-related experiences in order to further their educational and career pathways.

Career Development Strategies for Young Artists with Disabilities (PDF)

Effective Practices for Sustaining Programs to Advance Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
This report addresses the findings of the Statewide Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities program to address the needs of artists with disabilities and improve employment opportunities.

Effective Practices for Sustaining Programs to Advance Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities (DOC)

Effective Practices for Sustaining Programs to Advance Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities (PDF)

Access to Design Professions
By Elaine Ostroff
Access to Design Professions’ underlying philosophy is that as more designers with disabilities enter the design professions, they will use their personal experience of disability to contribute to great universal design. In addition, there is concern that the current lack of designers with disabilities perpetuates the practice of design that isolates, excludes and stigmatizes people with disabilities. A greater diversity of practitioners is needed to achieve the promise of universal design as a more holistic, socially inclusive approach.

Access to Design Professions (DOC)

Access to Design Professions (PDF)

Arts Career Outcomes and Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities: A Qualitative Study
By Carol J. Gill and Carrie Sandahl
This report describes the methods and results of a multi-year, qualitative research project supported by a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Illinois at Chicago, with additional funding from VSA Arts

Arts Career Outcomes and Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities

American Theatre Magazine, Published by Theatre Communications Group, Volume 18, Number 4, April 2001

In April 2001 American Theatre magazine published an issue with a special section entitled Access, Activism, and Arts with articles including Sharing the Spotlight by Ben Cameron, We Are Not a Metaphor by Kathleen Tolan, and From Lip-Reading Ants to Flying Over Cuckoo Nests by Willy Conley. (external links)

Chuck Close and the Salvation of Work
An interview of Chuck Close by Laura Kaminker, published in New Mobility in December 1998.

Chuck Close and the Salvation of Work(external link)


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Other Materials

Keynote Address and Session Transcripts (will be posted after August 31st, 2009)

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