There was a time, before the 1990s, where all disability charities had to do to raise money was put a disabled person, ideally a child, on a poster looking pitiful and describe how miserable their lives were to be on a winner. Then disabled people started to have a voice and made it very clear … Continue reading Campaigning Is the Modern Tear Jerker
I might be showing my age when I say I remember the Mars bar advertising slogan "a Mars a day lets you work, rest and play" but I think it is a perfect way of describing what a balanced lifestyle is, in terms of mental wellbeing. I would like to propose that disabled people need … Continue reading Disabled People Can Work, Rest and Play
I think one of my biggest frustrations with society in terms of disability is the naturally low expectations the public has for what disabled people can and indeed should achieve. While everyone talks about the equality of disabled people, the reality is we are perceived as inferior beings, less capable of achieving what most people … Continue reading We Must Expect More From Disabled People
For many people, Sickness, in terms of people with long term health conditions, as well as Poverty have become the central issues and concerns as a result of this government's welfare reforms. There is not a day that goes by without some news article or piece of research that explains the apparent woes of people … Continue reading Sickness and Poverty Are a State of Mind
Matthew is someone who also has cerebral palsy and 30ish. In recent weeks he is decided to launch a systematic attack on myself after he had finally discovered my Huffington Post articles, two months after everybody else, because he says I have betrayed his community, which I assume he means the fake disabled who are … Continue reading Matthew Goodsell is a stupid boy
Over the last months, I have been receiving some really nasty personal comments on specific articles I have written in the Huffington Post, both in their website, on twitter and elsewhere. These have been from people I have never met or had any kind of dialogue with. The comments are incredibly rude, offensive, nasty and … Continue reading Why the ATOS Haters so rude to me?
I am very aware that the majority of readers will find the term 'spastic' derogatory but the reason I used it was it attract you to this article about cerebral palsy. The term was once very acceptable and before 1994, Scope was called the Spastics Society. My full medical condition is Spastic Quadriplegia Athetoid, which … Continue reading Don’t forget the Spastics
Several months ago, I applied for Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) ‘Access all Areas’ scheme that supports disabled campaigners to attend a party conference. My application was upfront about who I was and I believe on that basis, I was successfully selected to attend the Labour Party conference. Unfortunately, due to specific circumstances I was not … Continue reading The real reason I did not attend the Labour Party conference
One of the responses I read on Twitter from one of my latest Huffington Post articles on representation was that they felt despite what they see as my extreme views, that they somehow needed to work with me. Sue Marsh responded to them saying that people had tried publicly and privately to engaged with me … Continue reading Why do I need to work with Sue Marsh and others?
The personal communication between each other is a central part of what makes us human but for some disabled people who have no speech, speech impairments or other speech or language difficulties, the ability and indeed right to communicate with others can be significantly compromised and this is where the need for argumentative and alternative … Continue reading Everyone Should Have a Voice