Substantially Unlimited hopes to highlight the various ways in which people with social, emotional, cognitive, and mental disabilities, or substantial limitations, are essential as artists and as human beings. People with less visible disabilities are often overlooked in conversations and communities centered around disability, and this project hopes to highlight people whose disabilities are less visible or identifiable.
The definition of disability according to the ADA includes the phrase “substantially limited.” Our name is a play on this, intended to acknowledge that while disabled people may be limited in our abilities to behave, feel, or produce like abled people, our importance and artistry are limitless. (It is not intended to deny or make light of the limitations that disability implies.)
We are working on making our website as accessible as possible. So far, we’ve opted for a neutral, high-contrast theme and a sans-serif font and we’re working on adding audio versions of each page to the website.
The human behind this digispace is named Sophia Cannizzaro, and I am a poet and reader and lover of knitting and my pets. I love art that makes me squirm or makes me uncomfortable or makes me go “SAME!”
That being said, I hope to publish a whole lot of art that makes me go “I didn’t like this at first but after reading it a third time I find it an incredibly valuable addition to this project.”
I like made-up words and super weird metaphors and food I’ve never eaten (literally and metaphorically).
Image alt text: A picture of Sophia Cannizzaro with her first kitten, Marmalade. Marmalade is an orange tabby and Sophia has bangs and a big smile.