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Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

This publication was made possible by grants from the Social Security Administration and the American Express Company.

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At a time when almost two-thirds of people with disabilities are unemployed, VSA arts is proud to present a new publication, Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. Whether you are a visual, literary or performing artist with a disability this publication provides valuable information to help you pursue not just a job, but a career that is creative and challenging. Career development, vocational rehabilitation, and special education professionals will also find this to be an indispensable resource as they assist artists with disabilities in pursuing viable career options in the arts.

Carefully designed to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information, this publication begins by describing more than 110 arts-related careers. Biographies of 25 artists with disabilities are spread throughout the guide, and describe personal strategies these artists used to succeed in pursuing their dreams. Sections on job searching skills, locating assistive technology, navigating the social services system, and finding affordable health insurance are just some of what you will find. Also included are tips and advice on successfully navigating a career in the visual, performing or literary arts.

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We hope you find this information valuable in your pursuit of a career that inspires your passion.

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Putting Creativity to Work:
Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

Introduction, Foreward, Table of Contents 128 KB

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Section I: Clarifying Your Direction

Section 2: The First Step Toward a Successful Career - Training, Education and Experience

Section 3: Jumpstarting Your Career

Section 4: Successfully Navigating Your Chosen Path

Appendices: Business and Professional Resources for Literary, Performing and Visual Artists 328 KB

Bibliography 20 KB

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