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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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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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Knocking down the wall

29 June 2012

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Crippen's cartoon of disabled people knocking down media wall

Last week at the Shape media conference I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina Veasey. She has taken part in two Paralympics and talked about her own experiences competing as a disabled athlete. For most of us non-athletic Crips, and in particular those of us involved in disability arts, the world of the Paralympian seems remote to say the least. We see them as single minded Super Crips with no interest or involvement in disability politics and protest. What we do hear about are those sporty...

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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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Crippen looks at a letter received from the Minister for Disabled people

6 December 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the lack of consultation with disabled people

The following letter was received by Caroline Lucas MP (Green Partry - Brighton Pavilion) when she wrote to the Minister of Disabled People on behalf of one of her disabled constituents.   From Maria Miller MP "Thank you for your letter of 19 November to the Secretary of State on behalf of a number of your constituents about the effects of the Comprehensive Spending Review on disabled people. I am replying as the Minister for Disabled People. As you know, the Coalition Government is...

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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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Crippen is confused about the sudden appearance of 7 billion pounds

22 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about disabled people moving to Eire

Excuse me for seeming a little confused here, but hasn't the Prime Minister just been telling us how little money we have and that we're all going to have to tighten our belts and that Disabled people have to accept benefit cuts to the tune of 12 billion pounds ...?! So, what's with this sudden appearance of seven billion that is going to be paid into the Irish banks as a token of the "particular economic relationship" that exists? I suppose the key word here is...

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Crippen looks at compensation being paid to ALL detainees

16 November 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about compensation for ALL detainees

UK citizens who were detained illegally at the US run Guantanamo prison in Cuba are to be paid millions of pounds compensation by the British Government. And quite right to. Innocent people being locked away in an inhospitable place, away from their families and friends and all because they appear different to the rest of society should be compensated. For someone to be denied their place in society and to be incarcerated in a place not of their own choosing must be a terrible experience to...

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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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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 takes a cynical look at the use of bounty hunters to round up benefit cheats

21 August 2010

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Crippen's cynical take on the benefits bounty hunters

A recent survey shows that society has completely fallen for the latest piece of CONDEM misinformation that millions of pounds are being claimed fraudulently, especially those benefits that are designed to assist Disabled people to compete more equally in the work place. They also endorse the use of paid Bounty Hunters to track these alleged cheats down. The fact that the government’s own figures show that this fraud claim is a complete nonsense and that millions of pounds lay unclaimed...

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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 gives a heads up about the up-coming D.A.N demonstration

5 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the proposed day of action on 16th June

On Wednesday the 16th June the Disabled people's Direct Action Network (D.A.N) will take to the streets in solidarity with the National Day of Action against the dismantling of the Welfare State. D.A.N demonstrations will be taking place in Manchester and London and will welcome all people who identify, or who are regarded as disabled, whatever their background or impairments. For those of you who have never been on a D.A.N demo it's important that you know that D.A.N. uses the strategy of...

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Crippen looks at the offer for schools to change their status to that of an Academy

26 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the change by schools to Academies

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is writing to all primary and secondary schools in England inviting them to become Academies and therefore independent of local authority control. This could mean thousands of schools leaving local authority control. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT (Teachers Union), argued that it was wrong to stop local authorities from having a say in proposals for new schools,  and that [the proposal] represents a costly and unnecessary solution to a...

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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 looks at coping with the copers

4 May 2010

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Crippen's take on coping with wheelchair users

Crippen is currently in the UK meeting up with his many contacts in the world of cripdom and gathering fresh material for this cartoon blog and other projects that he has underway. He'll be back with us next week, and in the meantime has left us with one of his typical 'us and them' creations! FaceBook Our hardworking Editor Colin has been on a drive to get membership of dao's facebook group site increased. He's just got another 30 members to join in the past couple of days - so we're now up to...

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Crippen receives disturbing news from Northern Ireland

17 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the so called 'gay cure' in Northern Ireland

I have been getting some rather disturbing messages from Gay Disabled friends in Northern Ireland in relation to a recent conference promoting 'conversion therapy'. This is the process where people can be 'cured' of their homosexuality through prayer. The conference, which was held back in February was organised by Core Issues, an evangelical Christian group in Northern Ireland which promotes this so-called therapy and claims to have 'saved' numerous homosexual Christians. The star speaker is...

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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 looks at the reality of life in a residential home

25 January 2010

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Crippen looks at the reality of life in a home for disabled people

Disabled activists, who campaign to raise awareness of those disabled people who are currently incarcerated in one of the many homes run and controlled by the big disability charities, are often asked, "but surely in this day and age, no one is kept in these places against their will?" In answer to this, I want to tell you about John (not his real name), who resides in a Leonard Cheshire home for young disabled people. We've exchanged emails a couple of times and I've sent him a copy...

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Crippen has a few things to say about BBC's Children in Need

25 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Children in Need

Unfortunately, due to problems with t'internet I'm a bit late with this cartoon which was intended to come out during the recent Children in Need event on BBC Radio and TV. Still, better late than never ... and the idea of a Trojan Pudsey rather tickled me! Needless to say, us Crips are still campaigning against this charitable farce. Our message is loud and clear and asks why do Disabled children still have to rely on this type of humiliationathon AND have to appear sufficiently grateful in...

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Crippen asks Bob Williams-Findlay to share his experiences with the former Spastics Society

2 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about cerebral palsy and sexual repression

Following on from Bob Williams-Findlay’s comment last week about his experiences with the Spastics Society (now Scope), I invited him to write something for this week’s blog. “It is very difficult to explain my mixed emotions regarding the Spastics Society, now renamed Scope. In many ways I feel I achieved what I did despite being subjected to psychological abuse whilst in one of their segregated schools. There is little doubt that, up to the last two years at the Society-run...

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Crippen looks at what charities are really doing for us

26 October 2009

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Crippen cartoon about rights not charity shows four people, two of them in wheelchairs, talking. The two not in wheelchairs are Charity representatives

Contrary to public understanding, we Crips spend more time overcoming the negative effects we get from the various charities that claim to represent us, than we do benefiting from the services that they are supposed to provide. “But where would you be without them?” I hear some of you ask. Well, for a start we wouldn’t be seen as a pathetic, needy, homogeneous group of people, to be treated with either pity or contempt. We wouldn’t be made to jump through the many hoops...

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