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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!

The Criptarts are revolting!

7 February 2013

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A frame from the Criptart's cartoon strip episode 6

One of the things I enjoy about being part of the Disability Arts on Line (DAO) family is that it provides for me a unique platform on which I can present my more adventurous cartoons. Take the Criptarts for example. I haven't a clue where it's going each week and the end result is usually more of a surprise to me than to you. Of course I've got a rough outline in my mind for each episode, but it's as though the characters come alive once I've started to lay them out in the strip and they just...

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United we stand?

8 December 2012

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Crippen looks at the European disability community

Living on an island we could be forgiven for thinking that the harsh cuts that are being inflicted on us Crips in the UK are unique and out of step with the rest of Europe. Wrong! Listening to disabled people in France, Greece and especially Spain, we hear that the exact same policies of cuts to benefits and services, along with an orchestrated move to get us all back into institutions, is taking place throughout Europe. Thousands of disabled people rallied in Madrid last week to protest...

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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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Could Paralympic athlete's join in the proposed ATOS protests

10 August 2012

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Disabled people protest about ATOS and the Paralympics

I found this article in the Guardian archives which may have some relevance to the forthcoming Paralympics and the proposed ATOS protests. Back in 2008 the British Olympic Association (BOA) said it would review its athletes' contract for the Beijing Games after criticism of a clause which had prevented competitors from making political statements in China. The clause, which appeared to go beyond the requirements of the Olympic charter, will be softened although athletes who engage in overt...

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Cameron's deal to reinstate Benefits?!

14 July 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about Cameron making a deal re benefits

Why is it that the companies that Cameron and his cronies pay to handle such diverse matters as the Direct Payments Scheme (A4E) and now the stewarding of the Olympic Games (G4S), when they foul up, they get let off with little more than a slapped wrist? Nothing about Breach of Contract, Penalty Clauses, or being made to give back the millions that they've been paid! No, the British tax payer coughs up yet again and we bail out yet another balls-up! But what about all of the pieces that...

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Why we need a NEW Disabled People's Resistance Movement

16 May 2012

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Disabled people being cut down

Why we need a NEW 'Disabled People's Resistance Movement' by Bob Williams-Findley. "We have campaign groups like Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Black Triangle (BT), and I'm aware of the effort that is going into what disabled people are doing right now, but I believe we need to have a visible "resistance movement" which brings all the strands together in a 'Rock Against Racism' style approach. "This doesn't need to be organised in 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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The rich language of disability

29 February 2012

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Crippen's chugger cartoon

Well, it's all been happening whilst I've been away. Apart from such regulars as young Dolly, Joe Mc, Tanya and Ms. Pepper, a quick glance at the DAO blog lists brings up a host of fresh names. But are they what they appear to be? Take for example Rich Downes. Obviously a  pseudonym (and I see he's done the reverse of what I do and has used a picture of a much older man in order to establish more credibility). I actually have it on good authority that he's only allowed out...

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No conflict of interest here then?!

14 September 2011

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Crippen's cartoon about a conflict of interest

According to documents obtained by the Guardian newspaper, Cameron’s senior adviser on troubled families has set up a new partnership to bid for work under a programme to get 120,000 households into work. A programme that she helped create! Emma Harrison, the multimillionaire founder of private welfare company A4e, was appointed the “families champion” last December. The prime minister singled her out in a key post-riot speech last month, saying she had “develop[ed] a...

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Precautionary measures?!

2 June 2011

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Chief Constable

It strikes me as strange that this government haven't safe-guarded themselves by keeping the police forces around the country happy. As more and more people take to the streets in protest against the ConDem's slash and burn tactics, I would have thought that they are going to need the boys and girls in blue to maintain public order and keep party members safe. But with the various police forces up and down the country being faced with their own cuts, there's now a strong possiblity...

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Disability Arts and Corporate funding

26 March 2011

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Crippen looks at corporate funding

As many of us will know, being a disabled artist and not allied to any group or organisation, it has always been extremely difficult to obtain funding. And those of us who produce work that has an overt political edge are even more handicapped (sic) by the funding system. That's not to say that groups and organisations of disabled people who have applied for funding have had it any easier. For example I'm aware that our esteemed Editor Colin Hambrooke spends a large amount of his time...

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Crippen looks at the experience of protest gained by disabled people

29 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the experience of disabled protesters

A Day of Mourning for the Welfare State, Justice and Equality has been arranged to co-incide with the royal wedding on Friday 29th April, 2011 at 1400 hrs. This is just one of the expressions of outrage being expressed by people effected by the cuts to education, housing, public transport, the NHS, the Welfare State and much more. Whilst bankers and speculators celebrate another year of profit and Tory and LibDem politicians congratulate themselves on having continued to fool the vast majority...

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We're MAD and we're angry!

15 October 2010

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A poster for the demonstration against benefit cuts on the 26th October

On Tuesday 26th October 2010 at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park at 1300 hours, the campaigning group MAD PRIDE have organised a day of action to oppose welfare benefits cuts for people labelled Mentally Ill. UK mental health service users and survivors will publicly assemble to re-enact the opening chapter of Michel Foucault´s seminal book ‘Discipline and Punishment’. A life-size effigy of a prominent Conservative/ Liberal Democrat merger politician will be publicly executed...

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Crippen looks at the possible new symbol for the Disabled People's Movement

4 October 2010

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Crippen’s reworked black triangle symbol

Leading the recent protest rally against the proposed Government welfare cuts were a large group of Disabled people. Wearing and carrying large black triangles, they were symbolizing the murder of thousands of Disabled people during the Holocaust; their aim being to embarrass Cameron and his government, who have repeatedly insisted that the most vulnerable will be protected from the impact of the cuts. The use of this black triangle seems to have had an impact upon the general public,...

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Crippen and the Disabled people's protest march on 3rd October

30 September 2010

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Crippen and the Disabled peoples protest march on 3rd October

On Sunday 3rd October a huge protest march is taking place outside of the Conservative Party Annual Conference, which is being held this year in Birmingham. The protest is about the cuts being imposed upon people who rely upon benefit payments and the draconian measures being taken by the current Coalition Government against Disabled people in particular. The marchers will consist of representatives from Trades Unions, many groups and organisations involved in Welfare Rights, individuals and...

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Crippen accuses the CONDEMs of having blood on their hands

9 September 2010

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Crippen's cartoon portraying the government with blood on it's hands

I recently created some cartoons for the Disabled people's anti-benefit cuts campaign group 'Black Triangle'. The plan is to load a different cartoon every few days onto their web site on the build up to the big protest planned for the 3rd October (Tory party annual convention). One of the 'toons (this one) got posted straight away and resulted in someone putting a block on the web site link in Face Book. Apparently the cartoon crossed the line for some people! What do you think? I'd be...

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Crippen's work with Disability Cornwall and the Discover magazine

20 August 2010

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Crippen looks at the world of the prosthesis

One of the groups of Disabled people I enjoy producing artwork for are the editorial team of Discover magazine, the ‘voice’ of disabled people in Cornwall and the quarterly publication of Disability Cornwall. Not for them the black and white photocopies of several A4 sheets, stapled at the corner and containing inaccessible text and artwork (often my cartoons, which I produce in full colour, end up looking like an indecipherable mass of greys and blacks with no real clue as to...

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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 well deserved honour?!

5 August 2010

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A photograph of Disability Cornwall's Crippen Rooms

Back from a three week break which has included a visit to Belfast's Disability Arts Forum (of which, more to follow) Crippen resumes his blog with news from the West country.  I've had what some would ironically call a well deserved acolade! Having recently moved into a new, purpose built set of offices, Disability Cornwall agreed to hold a competition to decide what to call their all singing, all dancing suite of accessible toilets and changing rooms. Care to guess what they came up...

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Crippen shares a link to Vince Laws' blog about Disability Pride

16 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about disability pride

Disability Pride is an odd concept which seems to be quite difficult for many non-disabled people to grasp.

I mean, why would be be proud of our impairments?

Here's a link to Vince Laws' current blog where he explains what Disability Pride means to him.

Click here to visit his blog and leave a comment.

Cheers

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Crippen looks at the recent comment made by Jane Campbell about the assisted suicide debate

12 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the assisted suicide debate

The following is an extract from Baroness Jane Campbell's recent comment in the Guardian. "Disabled and terminally ill people have had to deal with fear, prejudice and discrimination since the beginning of time. Our lives have been devalued by statements such as "he/she'd be better off dead". In recent years, calls for a change to the law prohibiting assisted suicide have grown louder and more frequent. "They capitalise on fear. Fear of pain, fear of loss of dignity, fear of...

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Crippen revisits his earlier postings regarding user-led involvement

21 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about charities response to user led organisations

Following the news relating to Local Authorities being advised by the Department of Health to give preference to tenders for services from User-Led Organisations (ULO's) it got me to thinking about the groups and organisations that have traditionally gone after this work. These are, of course, the organisations 'for' disabled people, those charitable concerns that have been doing it to us crips for a very long time and who have established the status quo that effectively maintains our role as...

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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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