Where have the last 23 years gone? When I came to work for Disability Arts Cymru in 1993, we were still using typewriters and carbon paper, and even writing letters by hand! A single Amstrad computer lurked in the corner, but there was no internet. There was no legislation to protect the rights of disabled people, and making the arts accessible looked about as possible as flying to the moon for afternoon tea.
That seems like another world now – not only do we have broadband and smart phones, but access to the arts has changed phenomenally. Disability Arts Cymru has been at the heart of helping to make that happen, and I am so proud to have been part of this wonderful team for all these years.
I’ve been involved in some fabulous projects and have worked with hundreds of disabled artists, arts organisations and voluntary sector organisations across the length and breadth of Wales – and what fun we have had!
I have really, really enjoyed working with you all; I’ve learned so much and been hugely inspired. Thank you so much for your friendship and support, I can’t tell you what it means to me.
My last day with DAC is next Friday 29th July; I am retiring but will probably be even busier than ever. You will no doubt still be bumping into me at theatres, galleries, workshops and festivals and I’ll look forward to seeing you there! Meanwhile, do keep in touch with the DAC team; there’s still plenty to do, and lots of exciting things on the horizon.
With warmest wishes, Maggie