Do disabled people’s own attitudes make them disabled?

I have always been a big believer that “can’t” is not a word, certainly in my world. My life has been an endless series of problems to be solved, both large and small, and in one way or another, I have managed to solve everyone of them. And here I hear the cries of ‘how … Continue reading Do disabled people’s own attitudes make them disabled?

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Would Channel 4’s ‘Humans’ Be Good for Disabled People?

I have been watching Humans on Channel 4, and the potential impact the idea of consumer focused 'synthetics', with great interest. If we ignore the storyline, I am really interested on how they would improve, or perhaps harm, the lives of disabled people, especially those of us who employ personal assistants to support us to … Continue reading Would Channel 4’s ‘Humans’ Be Good for Disabled People?

Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

A question I am often asked is 'Who looks after you?', to which my reply is always and simply 'Me!'. There is this idea that just because I am 'disabled', that there is presumably someone in the government, locally or nationally, managing my every move to ensure I am kept safe in a form of … Continue reading Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

Why Do Disabled Activists Want the Transfer of the Independent Living Fund to Fail?

Now the Independent Living Fund has closed, I would be foolish if I did not say I was not a little nervous about the future of my support, but I have and will always be nervous about any assessment, because they all have an element of uncertainty even when there is little to worry about. … Continue reading Why Do Disabled Activists Want the Transfer of the Independent Living Fund to Fail?