The way to boil a frog is a historical tale and a useful metaphor to explain many forms of change that may be positive or negative. This can be at a personal, organisational or societal level. To boil a frog it is firstly important to know how not to boil a frog, and that is … Continue reading How do you boil a frog?
The notion of 'disability' has radically changed within my lifetime, as well as the level of stigma that is attached to it. In the 1980s, no one but those who were significantly impaired and therefore unable to hide their conditions would deliberately wish to be regarded as 'disabled'. Nowadays, everyone seems to want to be … Continue reading The workshy justify themselves as ‘disabled people’
A Changing Place is a toilet designed for children and adults with additional toileting needs like those who wear and use nappies or pads as well as having physical difficulties. These toilets often include a bed and a hoist so individuals can have their nappies changed comfortably as well as the opportunity to use the … Continue reading Changing Places should not be used to demonise those who use nappies
I am always been interested in whether people with impairments were better off under capitalism or socialism. Before the current debates in the UK about which is best, I remember the cold war and I had the opportunity to visit a number of European countries in the 1990s and saw firsthand the effects of socialism. … Continue reading Capitalism, socialism and dysability
As a user of social care services for over 25 years. I have had my fair share of adult safeguarding issues, and my overall conclusion is that it is a system that is mostly useless and at times harmful to those it claims to protect. The claimed mission statement of adult safeguarding is to protect … Continue reading Adult Safeguarding is Mostly Useless
Passivity is the action of doing nothing when confronted with a problem to solve or an opportunity to grasp. It is often a learnt behaviour that passive individuals are not aware of themselves. For myself, the problem is not so much that people are passive, but that society not only accepts passivity but that it … Continue reading We live in a society that rewards passivity
Those who have read my many blogs over the years will understand that I am very committed to improving the lives of all people with impairments in a meaningful way as fully contributing members of society, especially those with higher support needs. I believe this begins by believing everyone has a contribution to make, and therefore … Continue reading Why does supporting ALL disabled people earn you abuse and threats?
While I have had my new Tomcat Bullet Trike since February, I have been waiting for the weather to turn nice before I started to go out on it. After what has undoubtedly been a long winter, last Thursday (19th April) I finally felt ready to take it around the park for a spin. Dressed … Continue reading Sunshine, Cycling and Mental Health
While Personal Independence Payments have existed for a few years, it has only been since December that I have had direct experience of them as a claimant and therefore any real authority to have an informed opinion about them and the application process. Unlike you can find elsewhere on the internet, especially on Youtube, this … Continue reading The problems with PIP Assessments
Last year I finally 'came out' as a supporter of Conservative Party and identified myself as a 'disabled Tory'. Previously I had been a New Labour supporter despite my passionate dislike for socialism, but despite my belief and hope Labour might come to its senses, I finally understood the only party that had a positive attitude … Continue reading My right to be a Disabled Tory