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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!

A cut too far?!

8 October 2012

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Crippen's funding cuts cartoon

Following the sad demise of yet another Disability Arts organisation due to funding cuts, I'm letting my cartoon speak for itself this week ...

RIP dada South/Ardent Hare

 

 

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Disabled snacks for the poor?!

3 October 2012

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Crippen's Soylent Blue cartoon

For those of you too young to have seen the 1973 film Soylent Green with Charlton Heston this cartoon won't have the same impact on you that it will to us oldies. It was basically about a futuristic government getting rid of its dissidents and solving a world wide food crisis by turning them into food - Soylent Green! We're being such a pain in the arse to the present Tory government that it's a wonder they haven't thought of this as a solution for us! Remember ... you are what...

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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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Cameron gives go ahead for cull

22 September 2012

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Crippen's cull cartoon

Beware men from the Ministry wielding paint brushes.

Nothing is as black and white as it appears, especially when Crippen links badger culling to thinning out the ranks of us Crips ... puts a whole new spin on painting by numbers!
 

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Taking the public's mind off of the real issues

18 September 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about being made to fight for benefits

For those historians amongst us you'll have realised by now that this Tory government is just another manifestation of the idle rich, raping and pillaging their way through the land with their eyes very much fixed on the short term. As far back as ancient Rome, the various emperors manipulated public opinion and made sure that there were plenty of scapegoats to blame for the decline in the standard of living. They also became very adept at creating colourful distractions in order to...

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Disability hate crime on the rise

13 September 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about disability hate crime

When these latest figures hit my in tray this week I couldn't help wondering if this was further evidence of the effect of the government's targeting of disabled people? Police figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show that there has been a rise in hate crimes against disabled people during the past two years. Although some of this could be attributed to an increased willingness to report such crimes, more than 2,000 such offences were recorded in 2011, which is up a third...

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Super Crips to protest during closing ceremony of Paralympics?!

9 September 2012

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Crippen's disability protest cartoon

Can we dare to believe it ... According to a report in the Daily Mirror on-line, outraged athletes have lined up to slam PM David Cameron and his beleaguered Chancellor George Osborne in a storm that threatens to taint tonight’s ­ Paralympic closing ceremony. It claims that Team GB’s Paralympic athletes have launched a furious attack on the Government over ­savage plans to slash vital disability payments. Last week George Osborne was booed as he appeared in front of an...

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Frankie Boyle is at it again!

4 September 2012

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Frankie Boyle tweeting his disablist jokes

He's at it again ... the so called comedian Frankie Boyle is once again attempting to get laughs aimed at disabled people. This time his target is the disabled athletes taking part in the 2012 Paralympics. And not content with adding this material into his current road show, he's now also tweeting the 'jokes' to his fans. This is the man who found so much to laugh at when watching people who have Cerebral Palsy or those with learning difficulties. Encouraging his fans to laugh...

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The ATOS Games - the fun continues

30 August 2012

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The ATOS Games begins

I received an update on the ATOS Games this morning from Mark Baggley of Choices and Rights (additional updates from DPAC are also at the end of this blog). The ATOS Games for those of you who haven't been paying attention are a series of organised protests against ATOS, the principle sponsor of the 2012 Paralympics. Principle organisers of the protests are Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Choices and Rights Disability Coalition. ATOS is the French based company who have been...

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Crap access at the 2012 Paralympics

24 August 2012

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Crippen's inflatable carers idea

I've had several messages concerning limited access  to the forthcoming Paralympics. For the most part it's been about poor information provision but other issues are now coming to light, one of which seems to involve a strange interpretation of PA support. A disabled mum of two, along with her husband decided that they would like to go to the Paralympics. Well, here's her story ... "The London 2012 Olympic Games were brilliant. My family - particularly my two children -...

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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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A disturbing story brought to us by Disability Now

31 July 2012

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Disabled asylum seekers  create wall art in Bristol

This is an extract from an excellent article in Disability Now (DN) about disabled asylum seekers using art to express themselves through a painted mural in Bristol. In the DN article, Disabled Iraqi Ahmed tells us a disturbing account about their lives and their treatment in Britain. "People in Britain don’t seem to like the disabled. I see lots of disabled people. They drink in the park, they have nowhere to live. They try to kill themselves ... "Britain says Iraq is rubbish...

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Crippen asks Super Crips to share the limelight

23 July 2012

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Crippen's cartoon about Super Crips sharing the limelight

So, let's  take the suggestion a little further shall we? We've already decided if disabled athletes AND disabled artists work together then we have a real chance of putting a spanner in the works of this divisive government, even if it's a small one. Because let's face it, some of those disabled athletes out there are only a hair's breadth away from falling into the benefits trap that many of us currently find ourselves in. Disabled athletes are currently the flavour...

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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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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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Conference on media representation of disabled people during the Olympics

18 June 2012

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Crippen's look at media representation of disabled people

On Tuesday of this week (the 19th June) I'll be attending the DAO/Shape conference to be held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, in London. The aim of the conference is to bring together both disabled and non-disabled professional journalists and disabled artists and to look at how disabled people are being represented in the mainstream press, specifically during the Cultural Olympiad.  I'll be creating and then presenting cartoons based upon the discussions taking...

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Disability Graffiti

10 June 2012

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A young wheelchair user is holding a red spray can with which he has just added graffiti to a large billboard

I posted this cartoon on the Crippen Cartoon blog the other day and because I've started to get some interesting comments about it, I thought I'd share it with you on this Disability Arts on Line blog. I'm still amazed at the number of Disabled people who don't know who Atos are. Despite most of them having gone through, or are due to go through the Government's Benefits Assessment programme. The Assessment is, of course, being carried out by Atos. They are paid a handsome...

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Extreme sports

4 June 2012

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Crippen's take on extreme sports

It's funny where your mind goes when you let it wander ...

Take the Paralympics for example. I wonder if they'll be looking at existing skills in order to incorporate them into the events schedule?

I'm waiting for the 'abuse non-disabled disability professionals' event myself!

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Sold out

30 May 2012

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disabled olympic torch bearer

And whilst we're on the subject of disabled Olympic torch bearers ...

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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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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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Fundraiser by Mad Pride

15 May 2012

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Mad Pride fund raiser poster

Hi Folk, A Fundraiser for the Campaign Against Benefit Cuts and another gathering of 'NUTS IN MAY’ This month sees Mad Pride back at that great community venue Tottenham Chances in North London. This time it is going to be an ALL DAY family fun-packed festivity, with more music, poetry and mad frolicing than we'll know what to do with. And this time we'll be having Open Mic slots, so bring instruments and poems along. SUNDAY 27th MAY (12 noon until 11pm) Tottenham...

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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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Always enough petrol to burn the evidence!

31 March 2012

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Crippen's Cameron burning the evidence cartoon

Following on from my last blog about the passing of the law proposing changes to the National Health Service, I have since had more information passed to me about a document called the 'Health Bill Transition Risk Register'. Never heard of it? Then you're not alone. Apparently our dear Prime Minister and his cronies are desperate for us not to see it. They've even gone so far as to refuse to comply with a ruling by the information commissioner to publish it! The reason that...

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Continuing the fight to save our NHS

25 March 2012

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Crippen's health cuts cartoon

I realise that it might appear to be a 'closing the stable gate after the horse has bolted' type of scenario, especially as the government's health changes have survived their final parliamentary test and are set to become law. But I can't help feeling that there's something we can all still do to forestall the seemingly inevitable conclusion. I suppose, having received treatment through the National Health System (NHS) several times over recent years, I can be forgiven for...

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