Those who have read my many blogs over the years will understand that I am very committed to improving the lives of all people with impairments in a meaningful way as fully contributing members of society, especially those with higher support needs. I believe this begins by believing everyone has a contribution to make, and therefore … Continue reading Why does supporting ALL disabled people earn you abuse and threats?
While I have had my new Tomcat Bullet Trike since February, I have been waiting for the weather to turn nice before I started to go out on it. After what has undoubtedly been a long winter, last Thursday (19th April) I finally felt ready to take it around the park for a spin. Dressed … Continue reading Sunshine, Cycling and Mental Health
While Personal Independence Payments have existed for a few years, it has only been since December that I have had direct experience of them as a claimant and therefore any real authority to have an informed opinion about them and the application process. Unlike you can find elsewhere on the internet, especially on Youtube, this … Continue reading The problems with PIP Assessments
Last year I finally 'came out' as a supporter of Conservative Party and identified myself as a 'disabled Tory'. Previously I had been a New Labour supporter despite my passionate dislike for socialism, but despite my belief and hope Labour might come to its senses, I finally understood the only party that had a positive attitude … Continue reading My right to be a Disabled Tory
One of the biggest lessons I learnt in my life is that life itself is generally unfair, especially for good people, those who really want to make a difference in the world. Once you understand this then you can get on with making the most of life, enjoying every second you can. Accepting life is … Continue reading Disabled people must accept the rough and tumble of life
It is incredible to believe it has been five years since I was blogging for the Huffington Post on a weekly and even twice weekly basis on the topics I wanted to talk about. The way the Huffington Post allowed so many people with different viewpoints on so many different issues to have voice felt like … Continue reading Is this the end of the Huffington Post revolution?
Human rights were originally designed to provide every individual with the same level of protection from the abusive and oppressive policies and practises exercised by any state. Now human rights are too often used to provide selective individuals, often based on protected characteristics, like gender or impairment, a priority access to certain services as an absolute … Continue reading Public Services: Cost must always be a part of making decisions
The term disabled people is now used to cover the needs of an awful lot of people and I am concerned it is used to hide diversity of needs and eligibility between different people with impairments. A human rights agenda only sees disability as a protected characteristic or label, where everyone with that characteristic is regarded as … Continue reading Supporting people to manage their mental health
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
As regular readers will know, since 2008 I have had live-in volunteers, 12 in total from countries around the world. What you may not be aware of is that in early January I ended this for a number of reasons I will discuss below, and started to employ traditional personal assistants at the weekends and … Continue reading Giving up my volunteers