Description: Sells the artwork of artists living with homelessness or disabilities and features artwork on its website. Each artist earns 55% from the sale of their work, and one percent from each sale goes towards strengthening art services for community partners that support ArtLifting artists, including art programming at social service agencies, shelters, and disability centers. ArtLifting uses the remaining 44% to further its mission.
A.R.T.S. Anonymous (Artists Recovering through the Twelve Steps)
Description: A national organization with the goal of “helping artists achieve an active, abundant, full and robust life focused on our creativity. A.R.T.S. is a community of artists who are taking daily actions to achieve their goals. When newcomers see others in recovery, they take comfort in discovering they are not alone.” Some of the issues the organization focuses on includes Avoidance and Creative Blocks;.Perfectionism; Feeling Not Good Enough; Fear of Criticism, Rejection, and Failure; Fear of Success; Bi-Polar Disorders; Empty Nest Syndrome. What do I do now that I am retired? – and much more.

Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc.
Description: A volunteer, self-help organization for individuals with disabilities that provides assistance in the pursuit of musical aspirations.

Creativity Explored
Description: A nonprofit arts center where artists with developmental challenges create, exhibit and sell artwork.
National Arts and Disability Center
Description: Promotes the full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Provides information to artists with disabilities, arts organizations, arts administrators, disability organizations, performing arts organizations, art centers, universities, and arts educators.  Awards grants to artists.
National Endowment for the Arts
Description: An advocate-technical assistance arm of the National Endowment for the Arts for people with disabilities, and older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions.
National Institute of Art & Disabilities
Description: Provides studios to artists with developmental disabilities. Sponsors a gallery.
Very Special Arts 
Description: Provides a platform for beginning visual and performing artists with challenges to share their talent in comparison with peers across the country and the globe. Programs include pre-professional development opportunities, including lectures, seminars, and creative training provides skill-building and practical insight to prepare young artists to advance in their chosen field. Affiliate organizations throughout the United States and abroad.


Title: The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
Authors: Dr. Brock L. Eide and Dr. Fernette F. Eide
Description: Many creative people have difficulty with reading, The authors discuss how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, and see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity.
Publisher: Plume
Publication date: Revised 2012

Title: The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can Learn
Authors: Ronald D. Davis and Eldon M. Braun
Description: Outlines a unique and revolutionary program with a phenomenally high success rate in helping dyslexics learn to read and overcome other associated difficulties.
Publisher: Perigee Books
Publication Date: Revised 2010

Title: Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
Author: Paul Scribner
Description: Written by Paul Schribner. PDF format publication that can be downloaded. Provides visual and performing artists and writers who have disabilities with information to pursue a career that is creative and challenging. Describes more than 110 arts-related careers and includes the biographies of 25 artists with disabilities and the personal strategies used to succeed in pursing their dreams.
Publisher: Social Security Administration, Office of Employment Support Programs.


Title: Achievers with the Gift of Dyslexia
Description: A list that includes visual artists, musicians, inventors, actors and entertainers, and more.

Title: “The ADHD Artist’s Way” PsychCentral
Description: An article by Zoë Kessler who poses the I’d hypothesis that “there is The Artist’s Way, and then there’s The ADHD Artist’s Way.”’

Title: “ADHD, Creativity, & The Commercial Art Industry,” Under Consideration, Speak Up
Description: Penned by By Justin Genovese, Winter 2005

Title: “The Artist and Dyslexia: And Why Dyslexia in an Artist Can Be a Good Thing,”
Description: Penned by Marion-Boddy-Evans.


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