Is ‘User Involvement’ used to keep people disempowered?

I have been involved in User Involvement in one way or another for the last 20 years and it is important to say I am not against the principle at all. However, a few weeks ago I briefly saw a photo of a slide of a title of a paper presented somewhere by Peter Beresford, … Continue reading Is ‘User Involvement’ used to keep people disempowered?

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Dysability is an issue, not a democracy

A few weeks ago I had a twitter exchange with the Socialist Health Association, where they appeared to challenge my expertise as a dysability consultant because I did not always make it clear other dysabled people have different opinions to myself. They then went on with the usual tactic of saying how lucky I was … Continue reading Dysability is an issue, not a democracy

Most disabled activists are against real sick and dysabled people

Last week David Cameron made a great point when he said that Britain was not Twitter. His point was that while Twitter is dominated by left wing activists crowing about owning the moral high ground, it is not reflective of the true feelings of the general public, which was shown by the general election result. … Continue reading Most disabled activists are against real sick and dysabled people

Why do many people perceive me as having learning difficulties?

I think to start this piece, I believe it is important for me to clarify that I have nothing against people who have learning difficulties, but it is not something I personally have. It would be like a straight person being mistaken as gay, it does not mean they have a problem with gay people. … Continue reading Why do many people perceive me as having learning difficulties?