A lot has been made about United Nation's Committee of the rights on right of people with disabilities report on whether the UK had made grave systematic failings under the UN's Convention with the same name. The headline is that the UN has called the Tory government and its welfare reforms a 'human catastrophe', which … Continue reading It is time to talk about the UN and Disability
When I talk about the negative attitudes of left wing activists towards the idea that all people with impairments have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to society in terms of some form of paid employment in the long term, I am often asked to wonder if it is an attitude across the whole … Continue reading The Battle for Disability
Out of all my impairment related difficulties I have, my most challenging is my speech impairment. This is something I have needed to overcome all my life. I believe I have been extremely successful in how I manage my impairment although it has remained a key component in my impairment identity and something I had … Continue reading Overcoming my speech impairment
I have just come back from a nice if not cold break from Budapest, staying with a very close friend I had not seen for a few years. One night I asked if we could go out somewhere and she thought of the nightclub attached to the Full Moon hostel, a new generation of party hostels … Continue reading A fire hazard in Budapest
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.
The terms used to describe dysabled people have radically changed over the last 200 years as many terms are corrupted, with many terms ending up being now used as derogatory insults.The term disability replaced handicapped as the main term in the early 1980s, and it has lasted well, where Disabled people is a wholly accepted term. But … Continue reading Puting the y in Dysability
As people celebrate 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act was enacted, it is worth briefly reminding ourselves that it was not the act anyone campaigned for or wanted. Instead, it was a compromised act proposed by the then Conservative government to divide the disability movement and to stop a more substantial Disability Rights private … Continue reading The forgotten history of the Disability Discrimination Act
As it is now generally known, the United Nations are investigating the UK for violations of the 'rights' of dysabled people. This is upon the request of 'Disabled people against cuts (DPAC)', who as far as I can see have complained about everything you could possibility complain about in the home something may stick.It is … Continue reading Why is the United Nations working with Disabled Terrorists?
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?
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