The Disabled Performer
At first sight, physical disability, especially one involving the musculo-skeletal system, would seem to be a disadvantage for the performer, particularly for one in the professional category. This may also be more true of dancers than of musicians. This chapter refutes that supposition, by reference to the case histories of two musicians. The first describes the expertise needed for the rehabilitation of a professional trumpeter who had an acute stroke. The second describes a folk singer and guitarist who proceeded to a near full time career after an accident that transected his spinal cord. Finally a dance company is discussed that innovatively employs disabled dancers alongside those without disability.