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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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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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Carrying a torch?!

29 May 2012

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cartoon of disabled olympic torch bearer

We all have our own take on the Olympics, especially the Paralympics where super crips compete to appear normal and we're all expected to forget about the billions being spent on this event whilst many of us have our benefits pared down to the bone ... or am I being too cynical?! This article caught my eye the other day about a young disabled guy, a wheelchair user, who felt the need to carry the Olympic torch for a few yards. No doubt he was doing this to be ironic (let's give him the...

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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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Another job for the boys?!

16 August 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about the new non-disabled director of ODI

Now you see him, now you don't ... The CONDEM Coalition has replaced the disabled director of its Office for Disability Issues (ODI), Tim Cooper, with a non-disabled civil servant.  Rumour has it that the switch, which wasn't even advertised, was due to problems around Cooper being forced to give a public defence of the government’s record after disabled activists criticised its programme of spending cuts and attitude to human rights. Cooper, who has refused to discuss the...

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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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