Acceptables, Defectives and the Worksky

A lot of 'disabled' activists assume all people with impairments are united in their often left wing aims and objectives and have similar experiences of impairmentism, based on their own experiences. They become defensive when you try to explain that due to the broad nature of impairment and the broad range of society it affects, … Continue reading Acceptables, Defectives and the Worksky

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Ugly Duckling Syndrome

Ugly Duckling Syndrome is a concept I created many years ago, in my early 20s, as my attempt to explain my experiences of people as the only child with significance impairments at an all-boys mainstream school in 1985 from age 11 to 16. I believe the metaphor is self-explanatory. The ducklings are other children without … Continue reading Ugly Duckling Syndrome

Calling family members carers is promoting hate and eugenics

As the years have gone by I have grown to detest the term carer and the implications it has on the relationship between people with impairments and their families and others. As soon as you say the term carer, the other person in the relationship, the 'cared for', is regarded as someone or something that … Continue reading Calling family members carers is promoting hate and eugenics

I refuse to be a modern slave because I am ‘disabled’

When we think about modern slavery in the UK we imagine a small army of Polish workers being exploited on a farm, living in squalid conditions packed 20 to a room and working for next to nothing without any rights or recourse. I would like to suggest that there is another side to modern slavery … Continue reading I refuse to be a modern slave because I am ‘disabled’

Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!

It is clear that in the UK we live in a post-industrial society and one where we are now witnessing the collapse of the retailing sector as we decide to shop online more. The only sectors we have that are rising is health, social care and the support provided by so-called charities. But in order … Continue reading Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!

The workshy justify themselves as ‘disabled people’

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’