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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 looks at the powers now held by the Court of Protection

31 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the power held by the Court of protection

There are growing concerns that under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 the Court of Protection has been handed sweeping powers without adequate scrutiny and openess. This departs from the general principle of open justice held by other courts. Holding its cases behind closed doors, the Court has the power to order that people with severe learning difficulties are sterilised, undergo abortions or have life-support switched off. It can even impose “experimental” treatments on these...

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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 looks at the latest round of government cuts in relation to Disabled people

24 May 2010

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Crippen's cartoon looks at what the cuts will do to disabled people

Oh dear it's started. The slow but sure slide into a reduction in pretty well... well, everything! Starting with the reduction in posts within the Civil Service, which means that whenever a Civil Servant leaves, they won't be replaced.  Now, as I understand it, the posts that have a higher rate of burn-out and staff turnaround are those in the front line of employment, welfare, benefits services, etc. This means that the staff processing our applications for funding for support services,...

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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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