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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Crippen cartoons on Google images

14 January 2016

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I had an interesting comment on my Wordpress blog the other day. I've added my response at the bottom of this post but but would be interested to hear what others make of it. You can access the blog comment directly by clicking here and maybe leaving your own comment? Blog Comment left by Akiko Chan: "I don’t appreciate the Crippen images which have been put up on the Google Images site. These images depreciates the whole idea of seeing the differently abled not as people who...

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Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds!

14 November 2015

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BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, up from £81.2million last year. Another £2.2million is sitting in its bank accounts, up from £864,000 last year. The current charity drive, hosted by the BBC,  is...

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Operation Invisible

5 November 2015

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The following has been written by Bob Williams-Findlay, long time disabled activist and academic, who is explaining why Operation Invisible is taking such a firm grip on disabled people's imagination. "What is Operation Invisible? It is a simple idea: to bring together disabled activists and our organisations to produce 'campaign material' aimed at making our allies aware of our current dissatisfaction with how we are both seen and treated within mainstream organisations and...

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Removing Barriers

12 August 2015

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A couple of years ago, Toyah Wordsworth, a young disabled woman, commissioned me to create some cartoons for a board game she had devised. The game, 'Removing Barriers', was aimed at raising awarenness about the many barriers that exist in society and that exclude disabled people from full participation in everyday life. Through her business 'Equal Equality' Toyah provides consultancy and equality training based on the Social Model understanding of disability. Having tested the...

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Are you stuck in that wheelchair?!

13 February 2015

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Caught this excellent blog the other day by Lucy Britton about the pitfalls of using a wheelchair if you don't need it all of the time. "Over the last few years I've become increasingly aware of raised eyebrows when I get out of my wheelchair. A couple of years ago when taking my children out for the day, the woman deciding whether or not I deserved a disabled person's ticket asked me, "are you stuck in there? It's just I need to know if you're one of those people...

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Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly!

3 February 2015

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 With ATOS executives heading for the hills with their tails between their collective legs, disabled people are now waiting to see how their successor Maximus will operate. The news from the US regarding Maximus' operating style has not been good. Information passed along the disabled people's networks paints a picture that makes ATOS seem like a well meaning, philanthropic organisation by comparison. We'd already heard of the Maximus divide and conquer tactics when dealing...

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'Cause we're not dead yet!

9 January 2015

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Show your support for Not Dead Yet UK on Friday 16th January The House of Lords will be in committee again to debate Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 16th January 2015. They will be specifically looking at amendments concerning the definition of terminal illness and the role of doctors in 'assisted death'. Not Dead Yet UK (NDYUK) will once again be showing its opposition and its strength by gathering outside the Houses of Parliament from around 0800 hrs until 1300 hrs...

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Weeding out the work-shy?!

5 January 2015

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Iain Duncan Smith has made sure that the information available on the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) web site has supported his claim that he is successfully saving the country untold millions of pounds by 'weeding out the work-shy'. He's painted a picture, usually with the help of his right wing tabloid friends, that those people who were claiming to be chronically sick and disabled were in fact fit for work. He even presented figures to Parliament that showed over 75% of...

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We're still here - and still fighting!

4 January 2015

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Following the loss of our court case  in December against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) you'd be forgiven for thinking that we've given up the fight. WRONG - we're still here and we're still as determined as ever to get the government see sense and keep the ILF for those disabled people that need it. WE plan to let politicians know we are still here and are neither going away nor allowing ourselves to become prisoners in institutions or our own homes. Our...

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It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, world!

17 December 2014

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It's got to be said, and it probably has, but it's worth saying again - the woman's work is mad, totally mad! She once had someone holding the bottom of her step ladder as she reached up to replace faulty light bulbs in the sky. To be fair though, it was rather a dull day! And then there's the sheep ... but let's not go there! And now she's producing her take on the christmas advent calender, called, of course, a Madvent calender! But don't take my word for it. Click...

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Curing the Crips?!

10 December 2014

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A clever piece of journalism by Frances Ryan, writing for the Guardian newspaper, leads with the statement 'Iain Duncan Smith thinks he can cure disabled people as if by magic' She goes on to say that that: "Iain Duncan Smith is Jesus Christ. For anyone who missed the Second Coming, it happened at around mid-morning on Thursday when it became apparent that the secretary of state for work and pensions has started to cure the disabled and chronically sick." I've taken the...

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Cheers m' Lords!

8 December 2014

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And so it goes on ... At the same time that the High Court has upheld the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (which thousands of disabled people rely on to live independently), the House of Lords have been squabbling over the quality of their champagne! The House of Lords have rejected the suggestion that, as a way to reduce costs, they use the same caterers as the House of Commons. They claim that this would involve lowering the quality of their champagne which is...

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Figures

3 December 2014

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Not satisfied with her triumphant installation on a column in Trafalgar Square or travelling around the UK in her bed, disabled artist-activist Liz Crow and her team from Roaring Girl Productions is throwing herself into yet another exciting project. Entitled ‘Figures’, it involves Liz sculpting 650 small human figures, each one representing an individual experiencing at first hand the cuts being imposed by this current government. When I asked Liz to explain the thinking behind...

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Sign Off

26 November 2014

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If you’ve been listening to the likes of Iain Duncan Smith (IDS), Esther McVey, Lord Freud and of course David Cameron, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that everything in the disability garden was coming up roses. They claim that the changes that they are making to the benefits system are all designed to help genuine disabled people get the financial assistance that they need, and at the same time weed out the imposters who are responsible for bankrupting this country [sic]. Well,...

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Culture Change

21 November 2014

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Something that most disabled people have been aware of for some time now has been the change in attitude of the Access to Work benefits advisors. Originally set up to assist disabled people to find work and then enable them to keep their jobs, these ATW staff seem hell bent on throwing up as many barriers as they can, rather than working with disabled people to remove them. Now a whistleblower in the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has come out of the woodwork and told BBC News of a...

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Shit Bucket Challenge

5 September 2014

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You must have heard the collective groan from thousands of disabled people across the country as the latest charity gimmick rolls out across the UK. Yes, the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', yet another divice aimed at raising money for the many charities that claim to represent us. By participating in this sort of fund raising event, people have not only been conned into supporting the stance taken by these big disability charities - that disabled people are unable to live their lives without...

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It's been a funny couple of months ...

1 September 2014

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It's been a funny couple of months, especially with being locked out of facebook again. Seems that one of my cartoons caused offence to someone (again), who complained, the cartoon gets suspended and investigated and then I'm told my work is too Political for a place on Facebook. I've put in the usual appeal, about non-disabled people finding a lot of my work innappropriate, especially when confronting their misconceptions about disability and challenging their stereotypical beliefs...

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New Crippen web site

19 August 2014

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Over the past few weeks I've been working with my Web Master Ken Scott to relaunch my web site. The old site had become a bit clunky and it was becoming increasingly more time consuming updating the cartoons in the gallery section of the site. Consequently, people were using cartoons from the site that were now out dated, which meant that I had to chase them down in order to provide them with the latest version. As I say, time consuming and quite frustrating at times, especially when I...

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A new impetus?

7 July 2014

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Only 6 months ago, disabled bloggers and commentators like myself were making reference to the poor turn-out at protests and demonstrations that specifically targeted cuts to services provided for disabled people. It was rare to see anyone there other than the usual old die-hards who have been protesting about this government and its draconian measures since they first set up shop. Now, suddenly, within the space of two weeks, disabled people have started staging protests right on the doorstep...

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More skeletons for IDS

28 June 2014

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If there has been one thing that has been consistent with this government, it has been the single mindedness of it's Minister for Works and Pension, Iain Duncan Smith (IDS). Once an out of work white collar worker with a wife and children, dependent upon state benefits and the hand outs provided by his wife's family, he has become the antithesis of this. He seems intent on punishing all those who fell into the same poverty trap that had captured him all those years ago, and who...

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NOT DEAD YET ANTHEM

27 June 2014

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'Do not resuscitate' the sign that sits above our bed tells all those hard professionals that we’d be better dead Though 'mercy killing' is the term to soften this cruel law it takes away our right to choose our voices heard no more Chorus: But we're not dead yet despite what they all say no we're not dead yet and we’re not going to go away! They see us as a burden dependent and so needy consuming their resources always taking, always greedy So even when...

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A successful demonstration

22 February 2014

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I was privileged to play a small part in the anti-ATOS demonstrations that took place on the19th February across the UK. At the Brighton ATOS Assessment Centre we had over 80 people, many of us disabled, who turned out to protest against the inhuman methods employed by the French company ATOS when undertaking Work Capability Assessments (WCA) of sick and disabled people on behalf of the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP). ATOS has been heavily criticised for its handling of this work,...

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ATOS and DWP to be held to account

9 February 2014

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The National Audit Office (NAO) are to launch a new investigation into ATOS Healthcare, the company that carries out controversial medical tests for people claiming sickness and disability benefits when it emerged that they've been paid £754m since 2005. In a House of Lords question this week Lord Alton of Liverpool asked the NAO to investigate the reason behind such a large amount being paid to ATOS by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).   Lord Alton said: “The...

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Over 38,000 dead - the number is terrifying!

5 February 2014

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This week Jayne Linney has offered to provide a guest blog on this Crippen DAO Blog page. Here's what she has to say ... "We know from the official Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) report that between January & November 2011 ten thousand, six hundred disabled people either in receipt of or awaiting benefits died. Since then the DWP have, despite numerous requests refused to release further updates; we can only speculate their reason why, as we can only surmise just how many...

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A climate of fear

17 January 2014

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The climate of fear that is being generated by this government is making disabled people think twice before participating in any form of protest against their callous behaviour. But protest we must as everything that we need in order to remain independent and to play a productive part in society is being eroded. The rights that we have fought long and hard to achieve are being systematically dismantled, taking us back to the time when we were shut away in institutions, abused and forgotten. The...

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