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?
I will hold my hands up and admit that being able to work, to show my intelligence and other abilties, is very important to my personhood and therefore my mental wellbeing. Being paid is nice and essential for living, but it does not match the sense of achievement working provides me.Before I go further I … Continue reading Why must I always have justify my ability to work as a disabled person?
The last week has seen the United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of People wth Disabilities (CRPD) committee spent two days ranting at the UK government about their record on supporting disabled people, with the assistance of the corrupt so called UK’s user led organisations and other activists, Their annoyance from my perspective is that … Continue reading Why is the United Nations angry the UK Government really includes disabled people?
The best thing about the summer should be the weather, which is never going to happen in the UK, and so for me, the best thing for me is the many memories I have from the many activities and holidays I have enjoyed. I am not sure precisely why but memories feel more positive when … Continue reading Summertime memories
Choice and control are often regarded as key goals for people with impairments to achieve and they have been key campaigning issues for the independence living movement for many years. While I agree that choice and control are important to the process of inclusion, they are only a stepping stone to the real outcomes we … Continue reading Choice and Control and what else?
The welfare reforms has had a lot of criticism, but the harshest has been the accusation that the work capacity assessment has resulted in some people committing suicide. Activists and the media have highlighted a number of cases they believe shows the government is responsible and want the government to be made accountable for them.My … Continue reading The media has to take its share of the blame for benefit suicides
Every issue has at least two sides to it, and this includes dysability. It is only with honest and frank discussion from people with a wide range of views that increases the collective understanding of the issue. The issue of dysability is a very complex one to those who understand it, but I fear few … Continue reading Dysability is an issue with many sides
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
The very recent election has lead me to fully commit myself to being an active Tory. I have always been interested in making a big difference in improving the life experiences and opportunities of people with significant impairments, and getting involved in mainstream politics is the next step in doing this. Labour has chosen a … Continue reading Tories like myself can reclaim the disability agenda
Now I have reframed my job as an inclusion consultant, I thought it was important for me to properly explain what I mean by the term. While inclusion is often used in terms of the education of children with impairments, I am using the term to relate to providing all people with impairments an equal … Continue reading What the hell is Inclusion?