The response of social media towards the stealing of my trike. where my original post was shared over 24000 times, demonstrated the positive activity of social media that is possible and it was the sole reason that the trike was found and returned. However, it was only a few weeks before this that I was … Continue reading How I confronted my trolls
One of the myths of independent living that I have grown up with is that people with impairments are the experts about their situation, especially when it comes to what they need in terms of social care. This has led to a demand for self-assessment, where people with impairments decide themselves what support they require … Continue reading Disabled people are not always the experts
When I talk about the negative attitudes of left wing activists towards the idea that all people with impairments have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to society in terms of some form of paid employment in the long term, I am often asked to wonder if it is an attitude across the whole … Continue reading The Battle for Disability
I am aware that it looks like I am repeating myself with some of my blogs, including this one, but each piece is a part in a wider jigsaw puzzle. Although it has thankfully now stopped, the last six weeks or so, I have been battling the wrath of trolls, so-called left wing disabled activists. … Continue reading Why do most disabled activists fear proper debate?
Did you see the documentary about 'the boys with 3 eyes'? No? Well I made it up so very unlikely you did see it, but documentaries about extreme impairments, with titles very similar to the one I have just made up, have been produced for television since before I can remember. While the traditional freak … Continue reading Why does the media treat disability like a fetish?
I will hold my hands up and admit that being able to work, to show my intelligence and other abilties, is very important to my personhood and therefore my mental wellbeing. Being paid is nice and essential for living, but it does not match the sense of achievement working provides me.Before I go further I … Continue reading Why must I always have justify my ability to work as a disabled person?
The last week has seen the United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of People wth Disabilities (CRPD) committee spent two days ranting at the UK government about their record on supporting disabled people, with the assistance of the corrupt so called UK’s user led organisations and other activists, Their annoyance from my perspective is that … Continue reading Why is the United Nations angry the UK Government really includes disabled people?
The best thing about the summer should be the weather, which is never going to happen in the UK, and so for me, the best thing for me is the many memories I have from the many activities and holidays I have enjoyed. I am not sure precisely why but memories feel more positive when … Continue reading Summertime memories
Choice and control are often regarded as key goals for people with impairments to achieve and they have been key campaigning issues for the independence living movement for many years. While I agree that choice and control are important to the process of inclusion, they are only a stepping stone to the real outcomes we … Continue reading Choice and Control and what else?
The welfare reforms has had a lot of criticism, but the harshest has been the accusation that the work capacity assessment has resulted in some people committing suicide. Activists and the media have highlighted a number of cases they believe shows the government is responsible and want the government to be made accountable for them.My … Continue reading The media has to take its share of the blame for benefit suicides