Assistive tools for disability arts: collaborative experiences in working with disabled artists and stakeholders

Creed, Chris (2016) Assistive tools for disability arts: collaborative experiences in working with disabled artists and stakeholders. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10 (2). pp. 121-129. ISSN 1754-9450

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the experiences in working collaboratively with
physically impaired visual artists and other stakeholders (e.g. disability arts organisations, charities, personal
assistants, special needs colleges, assistive technologists, etc.) to explore the potential of digital assistive
tools to support and transform practice.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors strategically identified key organisations as project partners
including Disability Arts Shropshire, Arts Council England, the British Council, SCOPE, and National Star
College (a large special needs college). This multi-disciplinary team worked together to develop relationships
with disabled artists and to collaboratively influence the research focus around investigating the current
practice of physically impaired artists and the impact of digital technologies on artistic work.

Findings – The collaborations with disabled artists and stakeholders throughout the research process have
enriched the project, broadened and deepened research impact, and enabled a firsthand understanding of
the issues around using assistive technology for artistic work. Artists and stakeholders have become
pro-active collaborators and advocates for the project as opposed to being used only for evaluation
purposes. A flexible research approach was crucial in helping to facilitate research studies and enhance
impact of the work.

Originality/value – This paper is the first to discuss experiences in working with physically impaired visual
artists – including the benefits of a collaborative approach and the considerations that must be made when
conducting research in this area. The observations are also relevant to researchers working with disabled
participants in other fields.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assistive technology, Accessibility, Disability art, Disabled artists, Eye gaze tracking, Physical impairment
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology > Cyber Security
UoA Collections > UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Depositing User: $ Ian McDonald
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 13:24
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 08:57
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3819

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