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The importance of arts

We can use the arts to spread messages about disability. For example there are comedians with disabilities that help bring humour to the subject of disability. This can help people think about disability differently. If starting out you can appear at open mics which means that your message can get across to people of all sorts.

Bands, if successful can generate a good amount of publicity. It is a good of effort and work but if this interests you and you like traveling the best time to start is now; enquire about a vocal coach. You can even be a solo artist. If you can't sing try being a DJ.

Films and theatre are a good way to tell these are expensive and you may need to seek funding. A good and/or humourous short film should be able to attract a good view count on the internet and is generally a more effective way of spreading messages.

Of course for the more traditional minded people paintings still exist but you limited to exhibitions. If you love to paint; do it! If your goal is spreading your message you may want to choose a wider reaching art form.

Companion cards are a good idea

If you require a carer going to events can be difficult as depending on the country because you need to pay for your carer as well as yourself. If you don't have a lot of money and tickets are a hundreds dollars this can be impossible. Some countries like Canada and Australia have a good solution; a companion card.

A companion card allows people with disabilities to take their carers to events for free or at a discounted rate. It is issued to only those that need it. If you surveyed people that have disabilities they would say they would go out more if they had one. Historically this has been the case. It allows people to go to events that they otherwise wouldn't.

Venues can also benefit by increased drink sales by carers. If wheelchair tickets are not being sold anyway, this can help remedy that. Event goers also enjoy seeing people with disabilities at events, this also increases their experience. People who have disabilities support those that support them. This could mean they would be go in groups to venues with a companion policy, especially if you organize this with disability organizations. Also if the government doesn't already have a carer attendance policy there is nothing stopping you from having one and publicizing it.

Governments should have a companion card policy if they are serious about people who experience disabilities being visible in society. This helps the public accept people that live with disabilities which is helpful overall.

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