Hardship makes us stronger

If we read the endless articles written about people with impairments we would get the impression that as a group we have the right to somehow not experience any form of hardship or ‘stress’. This worries and frustrates me because I believe that everyone can experience hardship regardless of their background, sometimes in a manner … Continue reading Hardship makes us stronger

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Disabled people should have their exact extra costs met

 It is no secret that I am not a fan of the current range of benefits for people with impairments and for reasons that are very different to the normal concerns from other activists. As opposed to helping people improve their quality of life, I believe the current range of benefits feeds passivity and dependency, … Continue reading Disabled people should have their exact extra costs met

Accessibility in Technology is the new Norm

 Accessibility within technology and particularly computing used to be seen as something bolted on. When it came to the internet, it used to be mainly focused on the needs of people with visual impairments. But things are changing and accessibility is now becoming a natural part of how technology and software is being designed.In terms … Continue reading Accessibility in Technology is the new Norm

Many Activists are hypocrites when it comes to opposing assisted dying

I have been vocal in my opposition to assisted dying because it fits into my belief in the rights and responsibilities of citizens. I believe that it is not justed about blocking formalised mechanisms of assisted dying, but also to change the culture the enables people with impairments and families to desire assisted dying by … Continue reading Many Activists are hypocrites when it comes to opposing assisted dying

Empowering People With Impairments Towards Inclusion

An exploration of the current status of people with impairments within British society, specifically those with significant impairments, as well as the psychological and sociological meaning of inclusion and how it can be practically achieved for real people in real situations from a lived experience perspective.Good afternoon everybody, and as you should already know, my … Continue reading Empowering People With Impairments Towards Inclusion

If you call me vulnerable one more time…

It is rare for the media to be talking about people with impairments without referring to them as being vulnerable, especially in terms of being part of ‘the most vulnerable members of society’. I would argue their use of the terms in a strong indicator of the general deep rooted prejudices towards people with impairments, … Continue reading If you call me vulnerable one more time…

Beware of user led organisations

 A user led organisation is an organisation which has been set up by users of a specific section of society with a specific location whether that be ‘disabled people’ generally, users of a specific service, or have a specific impairment, with the intention of representing users on various issues or providing user-led services to local … Continue reading Beware of user led organisations

Does the government have a ‘carers know best’ policy?

While the public may be aware that the government inspects health and social care services through an organisation called Care Quality Commission, what is less know is that as well as full time qualified inspectors, the organisation also uses people with experience of using services to inspect services along side these inspectors, known as Experts … Continue reading Does the government have a ‘carers know best’ policy?

I am ‘really disabled’ and I feel pushed out of society by Labour

 Welfare benefits for people with impairments are once again in the media with the political correct left attacking the government for not implementing changes to PIP to ensure more people with lesser impairments can receive it. The government is, in my opinion, quite right to say that in a world of limited resources that the … Continue reading I am ‘really disabled’ and I feel pushed out of society by Labour

Attitudes towards disabled people matters

 Last night. I watched Channel 4’s exploration of political correctness and how in some areas it has become the new vehicle of oppression. The programme did not really touch on the area of disability, although I have seen myself how political correctness has been significantly harmful for people with impairments in ways few people really … Continue reading Attitudes towards disabled people matters