Hi boys and girls,
I'm into our local hospital on Sunday 31st for a hip replacement operation so not sure if I'll be posting this coming week. But never fear, I'll be back to annoy you as soon as I can ...
I'll leave you with this cartoon to hold the fort until my return!
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced the appointment of Neil Kinghan as Interim Director General of the Commission for the next six months ... er
Forgive me, but those of you who know me will know that I'm a simple soul, so please could I have some help. Let me think. Over-arching equality bill, just starting its passage, important moment for equality and human rights, scarcely a more important moment for strong and highly respected leadership ... hmmmm. I'm struggling with this, any ideas?!
Another one this week combining a couple of hot news items ...
Starting from this week I’m going to occasionally try and express myself by just creating a topical cartoon and holding back on the usual accompanying dialogue. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the writing aspect of the blog, I do, and it’s easier to create a cartoon that has some writing supporting it. From time to time I’d like to challenge my existing comfort zone in an attempt to explore another level of expression as a Disabled cartoonist. I’m also hoping that by doing this, the cartoons will have a tighter focus.
This means that you’ll also have to work a bit harder as well without the usual written clues to guide you along. Let me know how it works for you, starting with this first one!
When her parents were told that Jane Campbell wasn't expected to live much beyond her teens, the world hadn't bargained on her being one of the most tenacious Crips that they were to ever meet!
In true Jane style she has marked her passing years with 'Not dead yet!' birthday celebrations, and has blown a resounding raspberry at the various ailments and impairment related setbacks that have come her way, sometimes resulting in hospital stays. Typically a number of these resulted in her challenging discriminatory practices around life and death issues.
Recognised for the amazing energy that she puts into her work with Disabled people, Jane became Baroness Campbell of Surbiton and has used this position to work within the mighty establishment alongside such notables as Rosalie Wilkins, Jack Ashley, et al.
She celebrated her 50th birthday last weekend along with friends and family. If you wish to add your own best wishes to these celebrations, please add a comment to this blog and she will see them.
Happy birthday Jane. Here's to many more ...
Naturally enough, after protests were received from parents, local Disabled people and even some of the students themselves, the idea has been dropped. The Student Representative Council (who presumably are just kids themselves?) said that they’d thought that pupils would just come to school with a bandage on their arm or leg … and that they hadn’t wanted to offend anybody.
Makes you wonder what sort of disability equality issues are being presented to Australian school children doesn’t it, especially if their idea of a Disabled person is someone in bandages. Presumably they must view Egyptian mummies as being seriously disabled if this was being used as a criterion?!
Our friends at BBC OUCH also covered this story and pictured keen pupils “getting hold of wheelchairs or white canes, over-sized hearing aids or dark glasses. Some of the really keen ones might even stick a home-made yellow harness on the family pooch and bring it to school for the day as a guide dog. And the kids will surely have hours of fun recreating those various wobbly disability movements and walks”. Indeed.
I wonder what the reaction would have been if the Council had suggested that they all came to school dressed as convicts?!
Sorry about the language of the young boy in the cartoon by the way. But he is Australian (and he was made to write out 100 times ‘I must not swear at the other children’!)
So what shall we do today? I know, we’ll go and kick the shit out of some Disabled guy. These must have been the thoughts of four white thugs who laid into Martin Mann of Basildon last month when he was out walking his dog and minding his own business. Leaving him laying on the floor with a fractured eye socket and covered in blood, the thugs then ran away laughing.
Martin’s family and friends have posted on Facebook asking for people to come forward and help the police track down these … these … (you can tell I’m angry about this can’t you!) thugs! It happened on Sunday 12th April at approximately 1pm in Holy Cross Park. So if you were in the area or saw anything, please contact Basildon police.
A recent posting tells us that Martin’s bruises are starting to fade but that he’s changed from an outgoing, friendly young guy, to someone who is now literally jumping at his own shadow.
A family member tells us: “I have got to say that he was absolutely thrilled when I showed him your messages and also how many people who are supporting him, his face lit up!!!! Due to popular demand a fund has been set up to try to send Martin and his dad Paul on a little holiday. If anyone would like to donate even £1 they can either send a cheque payable to Martin Mann to c/o Wright Distribution, Exeter St, Norwich, NR2 4QB or via http://www.paypal.com sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations will be presented to Martin at an even being planned in the near future.
The response he’s had from Facebook members has been amazing and he’s had over 17,000 ‘friends’ contact him offering support and encouragement. Nice to think that there are some decent human beings out there, eh.
So what happens when an armed police officer shouts at a Deaf person to stop?! Well, apparently because a Deaf person is part of the ‘special population groups’ or SPG’s for short, we are assured that the officer in question will not shoot first and ask questions afterwards. His “special training” will come in to play and everything will be OK.
SPG’s by the way are “a group of people who do not behave in an expected, rational manner as a result of some form of mental impairment (either permanent or temporary)… Similar issues may be encountered when there are communication difficulties, such as when the subject is deaf or has a different first language.” Or, presumably has an impairment that means they use a different method of communication.
Makes you wonder what sort of training armed police officers go through to achieve this level of awareness doesn’t it. Deaf people must obviously look different, or perhaps smell different enough for your average gun totting copper to recognise that they’re not in fact ignoring them deliberately, it’s just ‘cause they’re ‘special’. Perhaps they have a scratch and sniff section in their training manual in order to perfect this skill (wonder what wheelchair users smell like?!)
I understand that the Police Complaints Commission is sufficiently worried about the problem though to raise it as a concern regarding the safety of innocent Deaf people in an armed response situation.
What do all you other SPG’s out there think?