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More Able Than Dis: Accessible Music in America: Home
The purpose of this research guide is to serve as a storehouse for information on accessibility in music, specifically in the U.S. The hope is to provide direction for those in need of accessible options, encourage more development of accessible options, and allow those with specific needs to collaborate with others. Contact Tina Holmes-Davis for educational or equipment needs, assistance in finding resources, or to contribute to the guide.
Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music. We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years.
A charity that helps disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making bespoke equipment for their individual needs. Remap is a charity and all equipment is provided free of charge.
A charity supporting children with a range of upper limb deficiencies. They also offer a bursary scheme to members to contribute towards instrument adaptions, gadgets and specialist equipment or training to develop talent and promise in children with upper limb deficiencies.
Established in 1986, the Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc. (CDM) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to enabling physically disabled musicians to pursue their musical dreams. CDM receives a few small grants and maintains its services through private and performance donations, but is always seeking additional financial assistance to improve and repair equipment, and is always recruiting volunteers to help move and operate the equipment, teach an instrument, or help out in the office.
Music therapy has been around for many years and is recognized as a tool for helping people with emotional and behavioral issues such as depression or ADHD. While the usual instruments used include the drums, cymbals and other instruments that do not require too much instruction, the guitar is also being used as an option. Learning to play guitar requires some finger dexterity and this comes with limitations as to who may learn to play guitar - Robo-Tar has taken this obstacle out of the equation. Allowing people with disabilities to handle a guitar is a start towards giving them new hope and opportunities.
Hi! Welcome to the Headbangers Home Page! We're a band made up of students from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Massachusetts. We play an eclectic blend of Rock, Jazz, Pop, Reggae and Classical music.
Because all of the members of the band have disabilities we don't play using traditional musical instruments. Instead, we use a variety of adaptive computer input devices as a way to control a music synthesizer. Many of us use head switches to trigger musical events (thus our name "Headbangers"), but we also use a variety of other devices as well (see the photos below). Our main software program, Super Switch Ensemble, was written by our teacher, Jon Adams.
This section is devoted to sharing the experiences of some ambitious people with disabilities. These are not necessarily musicians, but all demonstrate the abilities and ambitions of people with disability when given accommodation.