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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 defending a charity - whatever next?!

21 February 2013

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Crippen wearing a red nose

Currently running on Facebook is a campaign lambasting the Comic Relief 'Red Nose' day because, they say: "(We) are annoyed and distressed at Comic Relief's decision to include David Cameron in the video to this year's charity single by One Direction. They then go on to list all of the atrocities committed by Cameron, aimed at sick and disabled people, and those on benefits or on a low income. Firstly, let me make it clear that I agree wholeheartedly with this group's stance against...

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Rider of the airways

30 November 2012

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Merry Cross at a DPAC protest in London

This week I’ve handed my blog spot over to an artist whose medium is being creative with the airways. Her name is Merry Cross who, apart from being a presenter on Reading community radio, is also well known as a disabled activist and one of the organisors of the Berkshire Disabled People Against Cuts movement. Here’s her contribution: Community Radio for disabled presenters "Years ago, it struck me that radio is an ideal medium for virtually all disabled people, except...

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We say ENOUGH!

24 October 2012

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Crippen's abuse reporting cartoon

It is being stated that physical and sexual abuse has been prevalent within mental hospitals, disability institutions and care establishments throughout the UK for the past 50 years. Many of the incidents that were reported were allegedly ignored, either because the resident or patient was not believed or because it was not considered in the 'best interest' of the care community to make such allegations public. Now we have a growing list of statements made by people who were...

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Adam Lotun says

28 September 2012

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Adam Lotun fights Corby by-election

Like hundreds of other disabled people in the UK today, Adam Lotun has experienced verbal and physical abuse, has been spat at, pushed off the pavement in his wheelchair into oncoming traffic and accused of single handedly bringing this Country to the brink of bankruptcy by claiming disability benefits. Now on top of this, like thousands of other disabled people in the UK, Adam has been subjected to the ATOS work capability process and as a result has had his benefits cut and his accessible...

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Rolling back the years

5 May 2012

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CONDEMs send us back to the 1950's

The present government, seemingly  run and controlled by a small clique of ex Public schoolboys, seem intent on taking us back to the 1950s where people did what they were told, without question. And the alarming thing is that this tactic seems to be working! Let's just look at what has been happening with regard to Disabled people. Seemingly overnight the ConDems have managed to reverse the process in which society was begining to view us in a more positive framework. People were...

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The passing of a legend: a tribute to Vic Finkelstein

10 March 2012

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Photograph of Vic Finklestein

Having been out of things for most of the last 12 months I was saddened to hear that the political activist and god-father of the disabled people's movement Vic Finkelstein had recently died aged 73. Originally deported from South Africa in the 60's for his support of the anti-apartheid movement, Vic was the main architect of 'The Fundamental Principles of Disability', published in 1975, which argued that the problems faced by disabled people were caused by society's...

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Sticky buns!

4 March 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about not working for free

One of the main problems affecting many disabled people at the moment is a lack of income. And, as a result, a reduction in the ability to make those choices that affect the quality of our lives. Until recently, many disabled people earned a reasonable income from providing professional services to organisations which provided disability equality training for their workforce, as part of complying with their legal obligations in relation to employment and providing services.  But recently...

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The Big Society Sucks!

21 April 2011

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Crippen's cartoon accompanying Ann Youngs poem

The Big Society Sucks! - a poem by Ann Young  I will not go quietly Or rebuild bridges burnt I'll make my own way now With many lessons learnt Hard work needs reward It's the only way A good day's work For a decent pay! We fought so hard For our equality Don't throw all that away By wanting work for free I'll not work for nothing It seems so wrong to ask I'm a disabled woman Reclaiming my working class   I was offered voluntary work but rejected it. I have...

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A tribute to Rowan Jade by Jane Campbell

4 October 2010

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Rowan Jade

A moving tribute to disabled activist Rowan Jade, who died suddenly at the age of 40 whilst on holiday with her partner and child. The tribute is by Baroness Jane Campbell and echoes many of our own thoughts and feelings regarding this amazing young woman. Jade will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate to know her. To access the tribute please click here.    ...

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Crippen reports on his recent visit to the Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast

7 August 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the dangers of cartooning NI's politicians

If like me, you've never visited Northern Ireland, take my advice and go there immediately! I arrived at Belfast's International terminal to discover an oasis of green rolling hills and fields surrounding a city that boasts more interesting architecture, live entertainment, theatre, exhibition spaces, museums and friendly open people than most other places I've been to. Gallery and Events Officer Leo Devlin was there to welcome me at the offices of the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) and...

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Crippen receives a request for a labelling cartoon from Australia

19 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about identifying labels and getting rid of them

I've recently received an email from a Disabled equality trainer in Australia asking if she could use some of my cartoons about labelling within her courses. She hadn't come across the concept before and felt that it might help her to get across the equality message to both non-disabled and disabled Australians. "No problem" I replied, and then began to wonder if other readers of this blog in other parts of the world were as ignorant of this concept as she was. With this in mind I've...

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Crippen shares some thoughts and poetry from Deaf Bitch

13 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about a poem by Deaf Bitch

I’ve had some correspondence recently with a colleague known in crip circles as Deaf Bitch. Her shared insights into Deaf culture have helped me to understand a great deal about the many forms of oppression that Deaf people face within our society.  Here’s some of what she wrote followed a recent programme about children having cochlear implants. “I was watching a programme about a one year old boy who was about to have a double cochlear implant. "During the...

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Crippen hears from a mental health system survivor about 'safe and well' checks

9 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about mental health 'safe and well' checks

It's not unexpected that people who experience severe mental distress generally find night times the worst time to be alone. This is compounded by mental health trusts not being required to have any more than a tick box quota of staff available at night. In fact, most don't bother providing any real service during this time other than fielding a token Crisis Team often consisting of only two people. I talked to a survivor who attended a recent workshop regarding mental health Crisis Teams. She...

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Crippen takes a cynical look at the change of language

5 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the corruption of Social Model language

Has anyone else noticed that having adopted our social model language, the big charities and government departments have started to twist the wording around so that the 'problem' is back with us crips?! For example, a recent press release from the Department for Work and Pensions contains the lines: 'It is clear that the current assessments are failing to pick up on people with major barriers to work' (this refers specifically to Disabled people). Now we could be charitable and say that this...

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Crippen exposes the first hurdle in the tendering for social care process

31 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the social care tendering process

All this business about opening the tendering process for Social Care Commissioning to groups and organisations of Disabled people has brought in some interesting mails from fellow crips who have started to enquire about the process. As the powers that be have included the words 'fully accessible' in the information explaining about the process, one would be forgiven for thinking that applying to tender for any of the services would be a completely barrier free experience. Think again. In one...

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Crippen looks at the changes of attitude being made towards User led Organisations

7 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the change towards User Led Organisations

Sometimes when an old cynic like me thinks we are not making any progress and there’s too much of the same-old, same-old, I get a dig in the ribs and a reminder that us crips do occasionally have some influence. This nudge was another example of how we have penetrated the portals of policy and power.  Thanks to years of background work, solid research, lobbying, persuasion, arm-twisting and hard, under-funded graft by crips, disabled people’s (and carers´) organisations...

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Crippen is asked to look back over his work during 2009.

23 December 2009

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The cartoon that started off Crippen's career as a disabled cartoonist

Our esteemed Editor Colin has invited the dao bloggers to look back over the past year and highlight some of the events that have crossed our keyboards. Never one to stick to a brief and usually finding ways to expand the boundaries (Ed: Tell me about it!), I delved into my back-up hard drive, clicked on the folder marked 'the beginnings' and came across the original cartoon that had started me on my career as Crippen. I've redrawn it several times since then, adding colour, altering the...

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Crippen looks at the gatekeeping imposed by some disability professionals

2 December 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Occupational Therapist knowing best

Having been in a similiar situation myself, I empathised with an email I received the other day relating a story about a sadistic Occupational Therapist (OT). The bottom line was that the crip in question was being denied the use of a wheelchair because her OT considered that it would make her lazy. The fact that by using a walking frame rendered our crip totally exhausted everytime she used it, also meant that any time she had between periods of travel were spent recovering for the next part...

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