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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 asks ‘where are the young Disabled people?’

1 October 2009


Crippen's cartoon about younger disabled people

Being of the generation that can say ‘I saw Hendrix play at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival’ (what do you mean, who?!) means that I’ve also seen a lot of water go under the disability bridge. I wasn’t part of the original move by the Fiscally Impaired Against Segregation (FIAS) in 1970, when they identified disability as the exclusion of people with physical impairments from the mainstream of society. Nor was I involved with the birth of the Social Model during the same...

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Crippen looks at the portrayal of Disabled people as being the problem

31 August 2009


Crippen's cartoon about lack of access in education

The following excerpts were taken from an online newsletter, written by Disabled people for Disabled people. If even we can’t get it right, what are the chances of the mainstream press understanding the issues around barriers and the Social Model understanding of disability?! ‘A teenager has triumphed in his A-levels after refusing to let his cerebral palsy hold him back at school … ’ I would suggest that it’s not his cerebral palsy holding him back at school but the barriers that...

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