The responsibilities of impairment for individuals and state

In terms of having an impairment or health condition, everyone is happy to talk about rights, but few people are willing to discuss responsibilities, both in terms of theirs and the states. Many people seem to see having an impairment as a free pass to become victims of society, blaming everyone else for their problems … Continue reading The responsibilities of impairment for individuals and state

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Everyone should get the real support they need

It is no secret that I am concerned at how Personal Independence Payments are regarded as the one and only solution for anyone with any form of impairment, which can indeed mean anyone. The rights to welfare agenda is based on a tragedy model of disability, where payment is offered as a pity motivated compensation to … Continue reading Everyone should get the real support they need

Are ‘Gender Neutral’ loos another attack on wheelchair users?

When I was at a conference at Leeds University last month, I saw a sign on the wheelchair accessible toilet saying 'GN', as well as the wheelchair symbol, which I assumed, was short for Gender Neutral. I found this quite interesting as it raised a few issues for me and the purpose of accessible toilets … Continue reading Are ‘Gender Neutral’ loos another attack on wheelchair users?

How I confronted my trolls

The response of social media towards the stealing of my trike. where my original post was shared over 24000 times, demonstrated the positive activity of social media that is possible and it was the sole reason that the trike was found and returned. However, it was only a few weeks before this that I was … Continue reading How I confronted my trolls

Disabled people are not always the experts

One of the myths of independent living that I have grown up with is that people with impairments are the experts about their situation, especially when it comes to what they need in terms of social care. This has led to a demand for self-assessment, where people with impairments decide themselves what support they require … Continue reading Disabled people are not always the experts

Why do most disabled activists fear proper debate?

I am aware that it looks like I am repeating myself with some of my blogs, including this one, but each piece is a part in a wider jigsaw puzzle. Although it has thankfully now stopped, the last six weeks or so, I have been battling the wrath of trolls, so-called left wing disabled activists. … Continue reading Why do most disabled activists fear proper debate?

Why does the media treat disability like a fetish?

Did you see the documentary about 'the boys with 3 eyes'? No? Well I made it up so very unlikely you did see it, but documentaries about extreme impairments, with titles very similar to the one I have just made up, have been produced for television since before I can remember. While the traditional freak … Continue reading Why does the media treat disability like a fetish?