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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 recent comment made by Jane Campbell about the assisted suicide debate

12 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the assisted suicide debate

The following is an extract from Baroness Jane Campbell's recent comment in the Guardian. "Disabled and terminally ill people have had to deal with fear, prejudice and discrimination since the beginning of time. Our lives have been devalued by statements such as "he/she'd be better off dead". In recent years, calls for a change to the law prohibiting assisted suicide have grown louder and more frequent. "They capitalise on fear. Fear of pain, fear of loss of dignity, fear of...

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Crippen gives a heads up about the up-coming D.A.N demonstration

5 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the proposed day of action on 16th June

On Wednesday the 16th June the Disabled people's Direct Action Network (D.A.N) will take to the streets in solidarity with the National Day of Action against the dismantling of the Welfare State. D.A.N demonstrations will be taking place in Manchester and London and will welcome all people who identify, or who are regarded as disabled, whatever their background or impairments. For those of you who have never been on a D.A.N demo it's important that you know that D.A.N. uses the strategy of...

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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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Crippen discovers a very non-social model gender identity process

26 April 2010

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Crippen’s cartoon about a very non-social model gender identity process

By coincidence I've had a couple of messages from Disabled people who are going through the gender identity process. One is at the stage of applying for an operation and the other is attempting to get the gender on her birth certificate amended. Both of these people have described to me a process that is so medical model orientated that it makes me want to beat the various consultants and medicos over the head with a large hammer labelled 'social model understanding'. Why this issue has been...

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Crippen revisits his earlier postings regarding user-led involvement

21 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about charities response to user led organisations

Following the news relating to Local Authorities being advised by the Department of Health to give preference to tenders for services from User-Led Organisations (ULO's) it got me to thinking about the groups and organisations that have traditionally gone after this work. These are, of course, the organisations 'for' disabled people, those charitable concerns that have been doing it to us crips for a very long time and who have established the status quo that effectively maintains our role as...

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Crippen receives disturbing news from Northern Ireland

17 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the so called 'gay cure' in Northern Ireland

I have been getting some rather disturbing messages from Gay Disabled friends in Northern Ireland in relation to a recent conference promoting 'conversion therapy'. This is the process where people can be 'cured' of their homosexuality through prayer. The conference, which was held back in February was organised by Core Issues, an evangelical Christian group in Northern Ireland which promotes this so-called therapy and claims to have 'saved' numerous homosexual Christians. The star speaker is...

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Crippen looks at Vicky Wright's open letter to Frankie Boyle

16 April 2010

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Crippen's adds a cartoon to Vicky Wright's open letter to Frankie Boyle

I'm devoting this week's blog to directing you to another part of the Disability Arts Online web site. Following newspaper and television coverage about a series of crass and unfunny remarks that Frankie Boyle made during his recent stand-up comedy routine about people with learning difficulties, specifically Down's Syndrome, our very own Vicky Wright has jumped into the fray with an open letter to him. Please click on this link - Vicky's open letter - which really says it all. Nice one Vicky...

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Crippen hears from a mental health system survivor about 'safe and well' checks

9 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about mental health 'safe and well' checks

It's not unexpected that people who experience severe mental distress generally find night times the worst time to be alone. This is compounded by mental health trusts not being required to have any more than a tick box quota of staff available at night. In fact, most don't bother providing any real service during this time other than fielding a token Crisis Team often consisting of only two people. I talked to a survivor who attended a recent workshop regarding mental health Crisis Teams. She...

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Crippen takes a cynical look at the change of language

5 April 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the corruption of Social Model language

Has anyone else noticed that having adopted our social model language, the big charities and government departments have started to twist the wording around so that the 'problem' is back with us crips?! For example, a recent press release from the Department for Work and Pensions contains the lines: 'It is clear that the current assessments are failing to pick up on people with major barriers to work' (this refers specifically to Disabled people). Now we could be charitable and say that this...

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Crippen exposes the first hurdle in the tendering for social care process

31 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the social care tendering process

All this business about opening the tendering process for Social Care Commissioning to groups and organisations of Disabled people has brought in some interesting mails from fellow crips who have started to enquire about the process. As the powers that be have included the words 'fully accessible' in the information explaining about the process, one would be forgiven for thinking that applying to tender for any of the services would be a completely barrier free experience. Think again. In one...

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Crippen takes a look at the forthcoming general election

27 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the forthcoming general election

It's that time again and Disabled people are being asked to consider who we think will actually commit to an effective strategy regarding access and the removal of those barriers within society that still disable us. It's a bit of a no-brainer when considering the track record of the conservative party (Tories) and I can't imagine anyone would fall for their current rhetoric and the dubious charms of Mr 'just call me Dave' Cameron! OK, the Labour Party haven't actually covered themselves in...

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Crippen looks at the access being created for the Olympic games

21 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the access being created for the Olympic games

I've created so many cartoons over the years regarding the bottomless pit called the 2012 Olympics. Bottomless insofar as any and all available funding is being systematically sucked into its gaping maw, with nothing of any long-term substance being generated for Disabled people within the UK. OK, it's great if you're one of those who enjoy participating within the spectacle know as the Para-Olympics with all of its associated terminology about achievement and overcoming adversity etc. But if,...

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Crippen asks what's behind the apology given to survivors of thalidomide

14 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoons about the apology given to survivors of thalidomide

Fifty years after the one of the worst disasters in medical history, hundreds of survivors of the thalidomide scandal have finally got an apology from the government and a new £20 million compensation package. Mike O'Brien, minister of health, recently announced a new funding scheme that will help survivors cope with the changing needs of age. He also offered what campaigners said they wanted even more – an apology. "The Government wishes to express its sincere regret and deep...

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Crippen looks at the changes of attitude being made towards User led Organisations

7 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the change towards User Led Organisations

Sometimes when an old cynic like me thinks we are not making any progress and there’s too much of the same-old, same-old, I get a dig in the ribs and a reminder that us crips do occasionally have some influence. This nudge was another example of how we have penetrated the portals of policy and power.  Thanks to years of background work, solid research, lobbying, persuasion, arm-twisting and hard, under-funded graft by crips, disabled people’s (and carers´) organisations...

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Crippen looks for a cartoon about 'Normality Training' for Disabled people

5 March 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about 'Normality Training' for Disabled people

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...

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Crippen looks at how people can become invisible when disabled

2 March 2010

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Crippen looks at how people become invisible when disabled

I thought we'd go the route of a little light relief this week, especially having lifted the lid of the so called 'assisted suicide' or 'mercy killings' again last week. I often get asked for cartoons about specific situations, but it's rare that I get given an idea to develop as well. The other week a member of the Skegby Methodist Church, Alison wrote to ask if she could use a couple of my cartoons in an article she was writing as part of her course at University. No problem ... and I sent...

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Crippen continues the debate around assisted killing (Mercy Killing)

20 February 2010

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Crippen looks at the subliminal messaging about 'mercy killing'

"I just received a furious message from actor Nabil Shaban, best known to the public for playing Sil in Dr Who. Nabil is better known amongst activists as a ferocious advocate against war and for disability equality, in particular the right to live in equal status to others". This is how Clair Lewis started her journal last week, and follows on ... "Nabil Shaban ACCUSES the British media, and that includes the BBC, of pursuing an identical propaganda exercise as Doctor Josef...

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Crippen looks at the continued horror of life for disabled people in Afghanistan

15 February 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the continued plight of disabled people in Afghanistan

My on-line work takes me to areas all around the world where I'm asked to create images of disabled people facing oppression in all of its many forms and manifestations. Most of us in the West may be faced with limited access and be struggling to live on a reduced income. However this is a walk in the park compared to some situations I hear about concerning our disabled brothers and sisters in the third world. Take Afghanistan for example. The rights of disabled people in that country are not...

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Crippen looks at the access problems of Kidderminster railway station

14 February 2010

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Crippen's cartoon of the access problems at Kidderminster railway station

Members of Disability Action Wyre Forest (DAWF) are angry at the fact that the lifts to the recently built footbridge at Kidderminster Railway Station are only open between 6am and 7pm, effectively creating a curfew for Disabled travellers. This is due to “safety issues” a spokesperson for the station explained: “When there is no staff at the station (when the booking office is closed) the lifts aren’t in use. This is in case anybody got trapped in the lifts if they...

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Crippen looks at history in respect of the Assisted Suicide debate

1 February 2010

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Crippen looks at history in respect of the Assisted Suicide debate

Unsurprisingly Assisted Suicide is still in the news with another ruling that let a mother who aided her daughter to end her life, walk away from a murder charge. Why the daughter who had ME was 'bed ridden' for over 17 years, was just one of the issues that wasn't addressed during the recent court appearance. The author Terry Pratchett, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's has also come forward to advocate changes in the law that will make assisted suicide legal. He has also recommended...

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