Ohio Arts Council Interview – Arts + Accessibility: Spotlight on Andrew Reach

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ohio Arts Council is exploring how accessible arts opportunities enrich the lives of Ohioans of all abilities. I’m honored that they have spotlighted me in a series of interviews “Arts + Accessibility”.

Below is screenshot from Ohio Arts Council Website. click here to read full interview

 

Partial Screenshot - Art + Accessibility Interview: Spotlight on Andrew Reach

 

 

 

Jared Aronson’s Madhouse Tees

Jarod Aronson is an inspiring artist with muscular dystrophy but his disability doesn’t stop him from running his own business selling his humorous t-shirts featuring his original digital artwork created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop that conveys his unique sense of humor and point of view that is about living life to it’s fullest. He first created art the traditional way drawing by hand with pencils and pens but as the disease progressed and he couldn’t any longer, he began using digital technology, drawing with a mouse. Then, the ability to use a mouse wasn’t possible until he figured out how to use a track ball. There’s a great article, I highly recommend, that delves into more detail about his life and artistic process; Jared Aronson’s Story – an Amazing Young Man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Disabled and Productive.
His website about page states:
Jared Aronson, the designer of all Madhouse Tees, was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy at four-years-old. Though confined to a wheelchair and on a ventilator he continues to design and run Madhouse Tees. The passion Jared has for his company and product is fueled by his love for laughter and making others laugh too. Jared also wishes to educate the world about physical limitations by saying, “Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you don’t have creativity and passion.
Check out Jared’s tee shirts on his cool website www.madhousetees.com and pick up a few tees just in time for holiday gifts.