Independent Living has been hailed has one of the greatest achievements of the Disabled People's movement, but has it failed to deliver for the majority of dysabled people in 2016? While there is no doubt independent living policies have benefited those who had the determination to live independently, like myself, I am unsure if it … Continue reading Has Independent Living failed to deliver?
I am not against rights, they are the skeleton of a civilised society, but they do not help you on a Sunday morning where everything is going wrong, and all the 'rights-based' services paid to help you are closed until Monday morning at the earliest! We need rights in place to stop us going backwards to a time where many dysabled people had no place in society, but they are not about delivering real advancements in the life opportunities and experiences of individuals.
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
I realised a long time ago that no one can properly represent disabled people, a total of 12 million people if we believe the statistics, but this does not stop many people trying. The problem is as I said in a previous article that there is firstly no clear definition of what is a disabled … Continue reading No One Can Represent Disabled People
Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, I am a role model for other disabled people because of my work and my growing influence. I therefore feel I have a social responsibility to be positive and I feel this extends of many well known disabled people and activists. If a well known black people like Lenny … Continue reading A Social responsibility to be positive
A few months ago I read an article by an well known disability activist from the 90s who argued that there is no point claiming to be an activist if you were not prepared to be arrested and this struck a chord with me.He was referring to direct action, which has never been my cup … Continue reading Getting arrested