Resources for artists with special challenges
and disabilities. The list includes resources
for artists with dyslexia and ADHD.


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)
A national organization with the goal of “helping artists achieve an

active, abundant, full and robust life focused on our creativity. 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.
A volunteer, self-help organization for individuals with disabilities that
provides assistance in the pursuit of musical aspirations.Creative Growth Art CenterCreative Growth
A non-profit based in Oakland, California that serves artists with
disabilities by providing a professional studio
environment for
artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation.

Creativity Explored
A nonprofit arts center where artists with developmental challenges
create, exhibit and sell artwork
.National Arts and Disability Center
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
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
Provides studios to artists with developmental disabilities. Sponsors a gallery.

 Project Art Works
Based in the UK. Provides studios for neurodivergent
artists who take part on their own terms. 

Very Special Arts
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

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Divergents Magazine
“A community of atypical writers, artists and thinkers
who fearlessly share our experience and perspective
without the patronizing filter of any neurotypical
‘experts’. The term ‘Neuro-Divergent’ describes
people whose processing profile displays significant
differences from the neurotypical, such that it would
receive a diagnosis — i.e., dyslexia, attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, autism. From socially accepted
belittling to outright employment discrimination —
the divergent community experience is shaped by cultural prejudice
and structural discrimination.”
Published quarterly

The Dyslexic Advantage:
Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Authors: Dr. Brock L. Eide and Dr. Fernette F. Eide M.D. Plume
The authors discuss how people who have difficulty in reading 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
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
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

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

Editor: Paul Scribner.
Provides visual and performing artists and writers who have disabilities with
information to pursue careers that are 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

Publication date: 2000

“The Artist and Dyslexia: And Why Dyxlexia in an Artist Can be a Good Thing,”
Penned by Marion-Boddy-Evans

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

Links to various blogs about ADHD

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

How Art & Art Therapy Can Benefit Autistic Children
Published by the organization Elemy