When the eyes of our hearts became disabled, God became man in tangible form. The Orthodox Church, in the 8th and 9th centuries A.D. defended the imperative to express this in visible form in her worship and veneration of Christ, His most blessed and holy mother Mary, the Theotokos, and the saints.
And the imperative also remains to bring out the gifts of people with disabilities in this (the arts) and in the Church’s other tasks.
Toward this imperative, the website DAO- Disability Arts Online- http://www.disabilityarts.org/site is presented as a resource.
The website is not geared toward an Orthodox understanding of the meaning of art, but it does reveal the great potential people with disabilities can have in regard to artistic expression. Obviously, not all persons with disabilities can become iconographers, which is our central form of artistic expression, but their gifts in this realm can be encouraged in other forms both in the Church and in the community.
Model of Squaring the Circle by Tony Heaton, a leading artist with a disability (Impaired by a spinal injury at 16 )