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A powerpoint of musicians with disabilities

A powerpoint of musicians with disabilities


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  • 1. The Sound of Perseverance Well known musicians and the disabilities that they have had to overcome
  • 2. The Ontario Human Rights code defines disability as: Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device
  • 3. The Ontario Human Rights code defines disability as: •a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability •a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language
  • 4. The Ontario Human Rights code defines disability as: •a mental disorder. •an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
  • 5. There are 12 different types of disabilities or functional limitations 1) Physical 2) Hearing 3) Speech 4) Vision 5) Deaf-Blind 6) Smell 7) Touch 8) Taste 9) Intellectual 10) Mental Health 11) Learning 12) Other (Disabilities result from other conditions, accidents, illnesses, and diseases, including ALS (Lou Gehrig disease), asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, environmental sensitivities, seizure disorders, heart disease, stroke, and joint replacement.
  • 6. Many famous (and less than famous) musicians have successfully overcome their disability
  • 7. Hearing Impediment Michael Bolton: Vocalist Deaf in one ear Evelyne Glennie: OBE Deaf Percussionist Gabriel Faure: Composer Late Romantic Era Ludwig Van Beethoven: Composer, Early Romantic Era Pete Townshend: Guitarist “The Who” composer “Tommy” Deafness caused by exposure to loud music Johnny Ray: Pop performer 50’s and 60’s Performed using hearing aids
  • 8. Visual Impediment Alec Templeton: Pianist/Performer from the days of radio Ray Charles: Gifted composer pianist/entertainer Diane Schurr: Jazz pianist and vocalist Andrea Boccelli: Crossover opera and pop performer John Stanley: Baroque era English composer Jeff Healy: Canadian blues Guitar/Trumpet player George Shearing: English Born Jazz pianist/composer
  • 9. Visual Impediment Stevie Wonder: Motown superstar. Jose Feliciano: Latin American performer, famous for “Feliz Navidad” Francesco Landini: Italian Renaissance composer Rashaan Roland Kirk: Jazz musician and political activist Jean Langlais: French organist and composer Fredrick Delius: English composer.
  • 10. Physical Impediment James Depriest: Conductor. Polio Teddy Pendergrast: Singer. Spinal Cord Injury Hank Williams: Singer Spina Bifida Rick Allen: Drummer Amputee Django Reinhardt: Jazz Guitarist: Only had two useable fingers on his left hand Itzhak Perlman: World renown Violinist: Polio Ian Dury: British Punk Vocalist. Polio Neil Young: Rock Icon Epilepsy, Polio and Diabetes Jason Becker: 80’s guitar wiz kid Played with David Lee Roth: Lou Gehrig's Disease Still composing, though unable to play.
  • 11. Physical Impediment Hector Berlioz: French composer: Epilepsy George Fredrich Handel: Composer of “The Hallelujah Chorus”: Epilepsy Nicolo Paganini: Italian Violin virtuoso. Played so well That it was thought he signed a Deal with the devil: Epilepsy Kenny G: Smooth Jazz Saxophonist: Asthma Marjorie Lawrence : Opera singer: Polio Lead Belly: Blues legend: Lou Gehrigs Disease Rita McNeil: Canadian Country Star: Cleft Palate Jaqueline De Pre: English Cellist: Multiple Sclerosis CeDell Davis: Jazz Guitarist: Polio Tony Melendez: Catholic composer, Performer. Born without arms
  • 12. Mental or Processing Impediments Buddy Bolden: Considered To be the father of Jazz: Schizophrenia Tom Harrell: Jazz Trumpeter: Paranoid Schizophrenia Elvis: famous entertainer: Believed to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Beethoven: composer Idiosyncrasies that would today, be categorized as a Disorder Harry Belafonte: Singer/entertainer” Dyslexia
  • 13. Musicians to watch for! Patrick Henry Hughes: Born without eyes and limited movement of his limbs. Plays piano and trumpet: Composer Singer Liu Wei: Chinese pianist born without arms
  • 14. The Challenge of Being Challenged Hearing: Play a duet with someone while having your hearing disrupted (ipod, ear plugs etc) Vision: Learn a piece of music from someone else by just listening to it, or having it dictated to you one note at a time Physical: Reverse your hands and play your instrument Others..Try to play a piece with the music turned upside down. (any other ideas?)