Everyone now talks about the social model like its very common knowledge in terms of what it is and what it means, as well as its opposite, the medical model. But is this really the case? Do you really understand the models?I would argue in reality, while the social model is more well known than … Continue reading Do you understand the models of disability?
Disabled people in the UK fought for civil rights in the 1990s and I would argue that is what I successfully got with the Disability Discrimination Act and now the Equality Act. But did anyone really understand what they were and what it meant for disabled people?Civil Rights is a marxist capitalist theory where it … Continue reading Did anyone ever understand civil rights?
In examining the current state of disability politics, I fear we have lost the social model as a new generation of so-called disability activists ignore their previous generation, assuming themselves to be the first. They are fighting for what can only be described as medical model pity.Whether it is welfare reforms, a hatred of Atos … Continue reading Have we lost the social model?
I know I keep going on about this but everyone can work in their own way however small. It is not about the amount and type of work someone can do but the attitude towards work and making a meaning contribution to society which is important.I believe it is crazy we are a generation of … Continue reading Everyone can work
I have always loved the water and doing any kind of watersports. As well as swimming, I love all kinds of watersports that actually involve getting wet, and because I get cold easier, I always need to wear some kind of wetsuit even when some people can manage without one and this is why I … Continue reading The fun of wetsuits
I feel one of the problems with how some disabled people are responding to the welfare reforms is that why we do not support people during the recovery period of an sudden onset of sickness and residual impairment. I should explain for those who may not know, as well as having cerebral palsy from birth, … Continue reading Supporting people through recovery
I have a new live-in German volunteer and currently when of the things he finds surprising in how much I worked and so I would try to explain it in a blog. Firstly, what he means is when I am not sleeping, eating, having a shower or going out, I am at my computer doing … Continue reading Why do I work so hard?
It must be acknowledge there is a fierce battle raging between 'disabled people' and the government in relation to disability related benefits. But on closer inspection, we can understand it is not disabled people in general who are fighting but a few specific group of people recovering from sickness or have minor impairments as the … Continue reading Not my fight (Fit for Work)
One of the biggest problem with current and indeed future disability related benefit is that it tries to measure disability, as oppose to impairment, and then try to put absolute lines between who is disabled and who is not disabled, where a fixed uncalculated amount of money is provided to those who cross the line … Continue reading Can we really measure disability?
While I would like to say that it is accurate to say beggars can not be choosers, I would like to clarify what I mean by this. I believe that we all have freedoms and choices, and when we choice to ask the government for any form of assistant, we must understand they is a … Continue reading Beggars can not be choosers