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Crippen looks for a cartoon about 'Normality Training' for Disabled people / 5 March 2010

Every now and then something catches my eye and I think, I've got a cartoon about that ... somewhere!

It was the same with an article that I was reading in a local paper someone had sent me from the North of England. In it the writer was telling her readers that if disabled people wanted to fit into society more easily, they should concentrate on looking more normal .... I kid you not!

I'd looked through my computerised cartoon catalogue (I've now got over a thousand cartoons in it!) and I still couldn't find the one about 'normality training' when I suddenly remembered. A little while ago I produced some cartoons for Colin Cameron, who had written an article for DAO regarding the Affirmative Model of disability. I'd actually produced about three cartoons for the article and I think our Editor (also a Colin) had ended up using all three. The 'normality training' cartoon was one of the three. 

Now the cartoons that I produce for articles like this are filed in a seperate folder on the 'puter called special commissions. It hadn't occurred to me to place a copy of each of these cartoons in the general calalogue section. So there they stay, usually never seeing the light of day again unless something like this occurs. So I'm now going through all of the seperate commissions I've received over the past decade or pulling out the various cartoons and seeing if they'll do for the general catalogue as well, albeit with a few tweaks to make them less client specific. If I find anything else that I think is worth a second airing I'll post it up along with the story behind it.

By the way, if you missed Colin's article on the Affirmative Model please click on this link and it will take you to it. Thanks.


Keywords: disabled people's movement,social model,normality


Fiona Art

24 June 2010

Made me laugh as well as ponder. :-)

Alyson Bradley

7 March 2010

I so agree time to remind the world we do not need normality training, the stigma attached to many of us we may as wear labels around our necks, of course we are not labels... labels are simply for the professionals trying to figure and often still getting it wrong, no majority has a right to control what they often have no cue about.

Everyone of us a unique individual on this planet, but at times I feel it would be easier being an alien, maybe I should write society a clear list of instructions on how to treat diversity and difference, because some simply do not seem to have any idea.!

My wish for 2010 for neurological differences (

LET – our Lives, our Existence, our Terms. We can all learn from each other and I feel we should celebrate diversity and difference not stress over it, with understanding comes awareness,comes acceptance and then maybe we will simply all be allowed....


6 March 2010

Love this! So often I and friends have been met with incredulity from others when they learn that we have mental health diagnoses, telling someone you have been told you have schizophrenia or personality disorder can be a bit of a jaw dropping conversation stopper unless you really want to make q big impression at a party! Theres usually a standard response.... but you look sooo NORMAL! And this is meant to be somekind of bloomin compliment! Sod that! Mad and Proud! I do not want to be compared to a cycle on a washing machine which is the only meaningful definition of Normal I can think of!