Within the mainstream, and indeed disability, political arena, it could be imagined that being sick or disabled is a boring negative affair of endless forms and assessments, hate crime, bedroom tax, discrimination at every turn, and general disappointing prospects. This is how the media and the welfare activists like us to be portrayed, but living … Continue reading Being disabled does not have to be boring @calvertexmoor
Labour's election manifesto talks about disabled people living independently, but only relates it in terms of those who appear capable of working with support, framing the issue in terms of welfare. All the political parties, and indeed the majority of welfare activists, appear to divide disabled people into two main groups, depending on whether they … Continue reading What Does Independent Living Really Mean for Disabled People?
When we have a problem, any problem, it is good to talk with people who are having or have had the same problem so we can share experiences and learn from each other. This is often referred to as 'peer support' and for a long time in many situations, it has been formalised and funded … Continue reading Does Peer Support Always Help Disabled People?
I first came across the 'Disability Movement' when I went to university in 1992. As someone who had gone to a mainstream school and was at an age where I was trying to understand who I was as a disabled person, I looked to the movement for guidance and support. I was very disappointed to … Continue reading Inclusion Comes From Within
I believe we live in a time, within the UK especially, where we enjoy a quantity and quality of life opportunities and experiences that are greater as a whole than in any time in history when we take into account a whole range of factors. Technology alone has continuously changed and improved our lives at … Continue reading Do People Really Have a Right Not to Experience Stress?