It may be hard to believe I did not understand what being 'disabled' meant until I was 17, where disability at that time meant being a part of an oppressed minority. I know I had all these funny labels, like cerebral palsy, since birth but as a child I did not know what they meant. … Continue reading I have finally accepted I have cerebral palsy
As usual, I am using a controversial title to entice people to read my article as any journalist or blogger would do, but at this important time in my life, this is an important article to write and for many people, a hard one to read. This article also reflects my intellectual honesty after I … Continue reading Being a defective
As the years have gone by I have grown to detest the term carer and the implications it has on the relationship between people with impairments and their families and others. As soon as you say the term carer, the other person in the relationship, the 'cared for', is regarded as someone or something that … Continue reading Calling family members carers is promoting hate and eugenics
When we think about modern slavery in the UK we imagine a small army of Polish workers being exploited on a farm, living in squalid conditions packed 20 to a room and working for next to nothing without any rights or recourse. I would like to suggest that there is another side to modern slavery … Continue reading I refuse to be a modern slave because I am ‘disabled’
It is clear that in the UK we live in a post-industrial society and one where we are now witnessing the collapse of the retailing sector as we decide to shop online more. The only sectors we have that are rising is health, social care and the support provided by so-called charities. But in order … Continue reading Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!
The way to boil a frog is a historical tale and a useful metaphor to explain many forms of change that may be positive or negative. This can be at a personal, organisational or societal level. To boil a frog it is firstly important to know how not to boil a frog, and that is … Continue reading How do you boil a frog?
The notion of 'disability' has radically changed within my lifetime, as well as the level of stigma that is attached to it. In the 1980s, no one but those who were significantly impaired and therefore unable to hide their conditions would deliberately wish to be regarded as 'disabled'. Nowadays, everyone seems to want to be … Continue reading The workshy justify themselves as ‘disabled people’
A Changing Place is a toilet designed for children and adults with additional toileting needs like those who wear and use nappies or pads as well as having physical difficulties. These toilets often include a bed and a hoist so individuals can have their nappies changed comfortably as well as the opportunity to use the … Continue reading Changing Places should not be used to demonise those who use nappies
I am always been interested in whether people with impairments were better off under capitalism or socialism. Before the current debates in the UK about which is best, I remember the cold war and I had the opportunity to visit a number of European countries in the 1990s and saw firsthand the effects of socialism. … Continue reading Capitalism, socialism and dysability
As a user of social care services for over 25 years. I have had my fair share of adult safeguarding issues, and my overall conclusion is that it is a system that is mostly useless and at times harmful to those it claims to protect. The claimed mission statement of adult safeguarding is to protect … Continue reading Adult Safeguarding is Mostly Useless