Historically, Disability Arts have been associated to disability rights movements of late 1970s and early 1980s. It has eventually evolved into a form of art performed for mainstream audiences highlighting mixed issues of disability and non-disability.
Disability art, culture and media studies engages with the socially constructed stories that drama, theatre, dance, film, television, literature, art, media, and entertainment tell about what it means to be disabled. These stories include provocative, parodic, and unconventional representations of disability as a minority experience marginalized by the images, discourses, and institutions of mainstream culture. Disability arts, culture, and media also provide insights into new developments of arts and media in regards to what it means to be disabled and adapting, adopting, and imagining new production platforms, aesthetics, and audience engagement techniques to assist disabled people to speak back to the stereotyping they are continuously subjected to in public sphere.