The first and probably greatest skill disabled people have to quickly learn is problem solving. Since disabled people often live in a world that is unprepared for their specific needs, on a day to day basis they encounter barriers that require them to be creative and bend the rules on how things were intended to … Continue reading The Little Things That Help Disabled People
This week sees yet another high court case against the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and transfer the money to local authorities. I have previously written about the problems with the fund and why the fund should close, and so now I wish to discuss what could exactly happen if the … Continue reading What Does Saving Independent Living Fund Really Mean?
What does saving Independent Living Fund really mean?This week sees yet another high court case against the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and transfer the money to local authorities. I have previously written about the problems with the fund and why the fund should close, and so now I wish to … Continue reading What does saving Independent Living Fund really mean?
Like many disabled people, I often find it hard to answer yes or no questions because my life is just not that simple. As a complex individual, I require the systems around me that I rely upon, from social care to Sky Television, to be willing to listen to my often unique situation in order … Continue reading What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?
People with cerebral palsy deserve their own 'homeland'For many years I have regarded my identity as a disabled person as being something very different to my identity as someone with cerebral palsy. I see who we are as a whole collection of identity labels that fluctuate depending on the situation we are in including our … Continue reading People with cerebral palsy deserve their own ‘homeland’
One reoccurring theme that has plagued this government’s welfare policy is an accusation that they, along with their ‘right wing’ media, are responsible for unnecessarily labelling disabled people as ‘Scroungers’. The accusation has been successfully used by activists and charities alike to reframe sick and disabled people as victims, suggesting it is practically immoral to … Continue reading The truth about disability and the Scroungers rhetoric
I believe that someone's attitude to life can determine their future, more than anything else, and that a positive attitude can reap enormous benefits. This means also that a passive attitude will result in a poor quality of life, regardless of the amount of money they may have. I would like to suggest that for … Continue reading The System Teaches Disabled People to be Passive