Laura Tuthall - Gibney
Week of July 15, 2020
Making space for

Moving Toward Justice Cohort Member

White woman with red hair smiling at the camera, holding a cane.

Laura Tuthall

Laura Tuthall is a Disabled creator who has been running hypermobility-specific community programming in NYC for 5 years. A singer-songwriter, dancer/improviser, visual artist, and poetry and prose writer, her artistic work traverses Hypermobile identity, experiences of misdiagnosis and “mental illness”, and the resiliency of Crip pride in the face of systemic ableism. She is also an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, but has distanced herself from that profession to prioritize Hypermobile access and justice in somatics. Laura spends her time teaching and organizing in Hypermobile communities through Hyp-ACCESS and dreaming up collaborative, community-based, interdisciplinary art projects. lauratuthall.com

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
HYP-ACCESS AND AWARENESS-BASED NEUROMUSCULAR REPATTERNING (ABNR)  

Hyp-ACCESS is a disability justice startup created by Audre Wirtanen and Laura Tuthall that reimagines models of care across body-related fields in direct response to the unique need in each for Hypermobile access. ABNR is a new branch of somatic practice that prioritizes risk minimization, recognition of potential injury, and sensory integration tools – including but not limited to proprioceptive re-education. Through the continued development of ABNR, Hyp-ACCESS provides a hypermobility-inclusive care framework that increases participants’ understanding of their own disability access needs and generates movement and rest strategies from that foundation of access. As part of the MTJ 2020 cohort, Hyp-ACCESS will implement sustainable and accessible community programming and educational initiatives to support Hypermobile, Chronically Ill, and Disabled folks in performing arts. hyp-access.com

Photo Credit: Liam Cotter