Over the last few years there has been a lot of media attention of the difficulties currently faced by disabled people and it is easy to forget the achievements in rights, accessibility and attitudes that has occurred within the last 30 years. If we were to look back to that time, around 1984, when I … Continue reading When I Was a Handicapped Kid
If there is a time in British History that mattered for disabled people then this is it! The battle between welfare and inclusion, a medical model approach or a social model one, and between the past and the future is clearer than it has ever been and the issue is set to become clearer. if … Continue reading This is the moment that matters
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is designed to support people who are regarded as unfit for work, and is assessed currently by ATOS using the Work Capacity Assessment (WCA). It is important to note that as someone with cerebral palsy who works, I have never claimed ESA or gone through the WCA, but I feel … Continue reading Is the ESA Appeals System Failing Disabled People?
During my rather excellent Christmas Holiday, I had time to really think about what brands and whole general image of a self-employed disability consultant and now ‘controversial inclusion activist’. I had not changed my colours for each brand in over 5 years and with all the websites I look at all day, I believed it … Continue reading A new look for a new year
I have spent many days of my life, since the age of 16, sitting around committee room tables, engaging with others on what could be regarded as an equal basis, often coming up with all the good ideas or saying what everyone else was thinking but too frightened to say. The only problem with this … Continue reading Disabled People Should Not Work for Free
One of the problems facing the battle for the liberation of disabled people is that everyone calls themselves a disability activist when they are indeed many different ‘flavours’ of activist, and this is very important to recognise and understand. I would argue that remix these mix of flavours, there are two which currently stand out … Continue reading There are different flavours of disability activists
In my last article on 2013 I referred to the ‘Work Shy Movement’ and I would like to provide a more in-depth explanation to what I mean by this. Firstly, I am not suggesting anyone who is a part of this movement is work shy themselves, quite the opposite as this is a middle class … Continue reading What do I mean by ‘Work Shy Movement’?
Despite having a speech impairment, I had always made sure I had a voice one way or another, and indeed I have become quite outspoken, saying all the things others want to say but often can't! I was always the one around the committee table prepared to say what everyone was thinking and take the … Continue reading Is the Concept of Free Speech in Crisis?
While I was on holiday I was keeping up with my Twitter feed, and I was amused when I had a tweet from Sue Marsh on Boxing Day threatening to ’sue my pathetic arse’ for slander and the many things she believed I incorrectly said about her. My first reaction was that it was very … Continue reading Threats do not fighten me