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We were asked to create an exhibit that highlights and creates a dialogue about the perspectives, experiences, and art of RISD community members living with differing physical, mental, cognitive learning, or chronic health disabilities. "Abled Differently" explores the artwork and narratives of students, alumni, faculty, and staff living with disabilities and how that informs both their creative practice and daily lives.
The primary aim is to share the varied voices of our community and to generate broader understanding and visibility for people living with disabilities. The Abled Differently project includes an exhibition, a website gallery, and an upcoming discussion series. This initiative is supported by the offices of the RISD President, the Department of Human Resources, and the division of Social Equity and Inclusions.
The exhibit continues to receive praise from the institution and community. A panel conversation and group discussion are in development for the fall exploring perspectives on how disability informs creative practice, pedagogy, and daily life.