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Crippen

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen, 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!

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Boris Johnson is down a mine holding up a cage with a small disabled figure in it. He is wearing a miner’s helmet. Around his feet is a gassy mist identified as Covid 19. He is saying: “I knew they’d come in useful for something!”

Crippen asks: “are we just disposable members of society?!”

Having completely ignored us during this pandemic, Boris and his cronies continue to put the lives of disabled people at risk as he recklessly throws aside those few safety measures that remain. Once again, we have to look out for ourselves, as this shambles of a government certainly aren’t doing it! One ...

cartoon about DWP deaths

Crippen asks you to remember those disabled people who died before the pandemic

Just prior to the virus taking a hold within the UK, John Pring, disabled journalist had written a detailed, yet harrowing account of the disabled people who died during or following a DWP benefits assessment. This article, entitled ‘DWP – the case for the prosecution’ provided detailed information about some of ...

a cartoon about scrapping UC

Crippen looks at a new alliance to scrap universal credit

Remember the Poll Tax protests in the early 1990’s? Well, at an online meeting of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) disabled activists have called for opponents of universal credit (UC) across the country to help mirror that campaign and join a new national alliance that is demanding UC is scrapped. Disability ...

cartoon about covid 19 deaths amongst disabled

Crippen’s worst predictions are confirmed

At long last the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released figures confirming something that we already suspected - that a disproportionately high number of disabled people have died in the UK since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen’s worst predictions are confirmed Despite constant ...

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Crippen’s feeling worried about a second pandemic wave

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we’ve seen the back of this pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen’s feeling worried about a second pandemic wave Here on the Island, the towns and beaches have suddenly exploded with people, quite a lot of them completely ignoring the social distancing rule. ...

Two disabled people, one using a wheelchair, and another identified by their t-shirt as a survivor’s poet, have had DNR stamped onto their foreheads in indelible ink by a doctor. On the floor is a torn up DNR consent form. On the wall is a sign that reads ‘hospital admissions’. The doctor is saying: “There you go – no more messing around with those stupid forms!”

Crippen discovers that UK Government are facing legal action over DNR orders

A legal challenge has been launched against the government for failing to use their emergency powers to ensure patients and their families understand how decisions are made about Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen discovers that UK Government are facing ...

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Crippen receives feed-back following his SEND Blog

Since blogging about children who attend Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools and the devastating effect that the Coronavirus Bill has had on their education, I have been getting some feedback from their parents and teachers. Disability Arts Online · Crippen comments on attitudes to Special Educational Needs and Disability(SEND) ...

a cartoon about disabled black lives matter

Crippen discovers that a Covid 19 report on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people has gone missing!

The British Medical Association (BMA) has demanded an explanation from the government following reports that pages containing recommendations to protect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, including disabled people, were removed from last week’s Covid-19 disparity report. In a letter sent to health secretary Matt Hancock, shared exclusively with the ...

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Crippen supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ who are responding to the current crisis

An alliance of disabled people working across the UK creative industries have come together to campaign for an inclusive cultural recovery following the Covid 19 pandemic. Called ‘We shall not be removed’, this is an emergency response led by disabled people for disabled people working across the UK’s creative industries. Designed ...

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Crippen asks Keir Starmer to stand up and be counted

Keir Starmer will need to address a series of pledges that he made to disabled people during his successful campaign to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. During his leadership campaign Keir Starmer called for “radical action” on social care with the introduction of free social care and a legal right ...

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Crippen offers a tribute to Disabled activist Manjeet Kaur

Disabled activist and advocate for disabled asylum seekers, Manjeet Kaur has died at her home in Manchester. Manjeet was involved in many campaigns around the country. Ellen Clifford from DPAC recalls “the first time I met Manjeet was at a national anti-bedroom tax conference in London. She had come down with ...

a cartoon about the tories blaming disabled people

Crippen gives a Wake Up call!

We are losing the legislative safety net that we fought so hard to establish and the majority of disabled people in the UK seem unaware that it is happening. Those of us who took to the streets back in the day and demonstrated and protested about the lack of access to ...

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Crippen exposes yet more DWP cover ups

The cover up by the DWP regarding the deaths of disabled benefit claimants continues as coroners’ reports are ‘lost’. New information shows that the missing reports were written by coroners in 2015 and 2016 and warned the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) that more disabled people would die if the ...

a cartoon about the invisibility of disabled people

Crippen asks where have we gone?!

Apart from the fact that we don’t physically get out on the streets anymore and shout about our rights as disabled people, there’s been a resounding lack of complaint from mainstream society about the way that this government are chopping apart our equality legislation. I think one of the main reasons ...

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Crippen discovers that the DWP provide the main source of oppressive attitudes towards disabled people

Why are we not surprised to hear that people with chronic illness taking part in a recent survey, reported that the main source of oppressive attitudes they faced were when dealing with Department for Work and Pensions staff. The Energy Impairment and Disability Inclusion report (which is available to download here ...

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Crippen is told that disabled people are disproportionately affected by Covid 19

New research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the Covid 19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on disabled people’s lives (Ed: No shit Sherlock!). Well, it does not take a crystal ball when you consider disabled people are more likely to be surviving on a low income, are ...

a cartoon about the reduction in lockdown

Crippen asks is the government’s decision to reduce lockdown deliberately putting disabled people at risk?

I’m often accused of being a conspiracy theorist, especially when addressing the high number of deaths of disabled people associated with the DWP benefit assessments. But this latest move by the government to ease lock down restrictions too soon can only be seen as yet another example of their corrupt ...

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Crippen asks why have blind and visually impaired people been left off the coronavirus vulnerable list?

It appears that the government has not fully considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on blind and partially sighted people. Labour’s shadow Women and Equalities secretary Marsha de Cordova has raised concerns that the government have excluded blind and partially sighted people from its coronavirus vulnerable list. She said: “Blind ...

Boris looses the plot

Crippen thinks that Boris is in over his head!

The lack of a joined-up strategy is the least of Boris’ worries. His failure to properly think through the sweeping changes he has made to equality legislation and those affecting disabled people in particular, means that he is currently presiding over a government that appears to be completely rudderless. Groups like ...

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Crippen looks at the barriers confronting disabled shoppers

The Disability news Service reports that at least 30 disabled people have instructed solicitors to begin legal action against various supermarkets for discriminating against them under the Equality Act by failing to make the reasonable adjustments needed for them to shop safely. Many disabled people have found it impossible to order ...

cartoon about covid 19 deaths

Crippen looks at the deaths of patients in learning disabled units

Deaths in mental health hospitals and learning disability units have doubled compared with last year – with 54 of these deaths from confirmed or suspected coronavirus infections. The Care Quality Commission regulator said 106 deaths were recorded between 1 March and 1 May, compared with 51 over the same period in 2019. They have ...

a cartoon about ceasation of services for disabled people

Crippen hears from the Disability News Service that Local Authorities have started to reduce services to disabled people

It’s started … Eight local authorities in England have become the first to take advantage of emergency legislation that allows them to reduce their duties under the Care Act (See my earlier Blog). Reporting in the Disability News Service (DNS), one of the councils – Solihull – has become the first ...

Boris Johnson gambles with death

As the government gamble with our lives Crippen looks at the question of trust

People call me an old cynic when it comes to having any trust in this government to do what’s best for disabled people. In the past when we were locked away in residential homes and the only way that the general public knew of our existence was when a ‘special’ ...

Crippen looks at the language of the pandemic

More and more the language around the coronavirus pandemic is being framed around the ethos of ‘survival of the fittest’. “Most people recover and it’s only the chronically sick and disabled that are more likely to die” says the media dismissively. It’s a sentiment that I’ve heard constantly over the ...

UK Parliament Select Committee COVID 19 survey

Crippen gives the heads-up for a Parliamentary Survey

Oops, nearly missed this one. Although they have said that people can still respond after the closing date. So, here goes … A Parliamentary Select Committee have been set up to find out how the measures put into effect regarding the pandemic have impacted on disabled people – although they have ...

consultation between government and disabled people

Crippen reminds the government that they’ve signed up to talk with disabled people

It’s well documented that this government consistently fails to involve disabled people when planning its disability strategies. It will argue that it does, although this is usually with those organisations that are not user-led or with those individual tame crips who are only in it for themselves (Ed: surely not?!). ...

ALLFIE cartoon

Crippen asks you to support ALLFIE in their fight for Inclusive Education

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) is concerned that disabled people’s rights to be supported within mainstream education will be suspended for up to two years under the Coronavirus Bill. The Government wants to suspend various rights disabled people have under current legislation. They are very concerned that: Disabled children with ...

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Crippen and the Greater Manchester Big Covid-19 Disability Survey

Disabled People's Groups and Organisations have compiled a questionnaire to discover what effects the Covid 19 virus has had on disabled people in the Greater Manchester area. The questions are designed to identify the issues and experiences that their members are currently facing. They need as many responses as they can ...

social distancing

Crippen looks at the new relaxation of rules for people with autism and who are learning-disabled

We seem to have a Catch-22 situation regarding autistic and learning- disabled people who, due to a successful legal challenge about the lock-down and social distancing rules, can now apparently ignore them. It came about when some carers involved with autistic and learning- disabled people successfully challenged the government about the ...

fog of war cartoon

Crippen cuts through the fog of war

'The fog of war’ is an expression describing a situation where the smaller, but vital issues are missed or forgotten, overwhelmed by the larger picture. In our case, Boris Johnson is relying on the fact that the confusion of the Coronavirus is taking our attention away from changes he is making ...

Crippen hears from Bob Williams-Findlay and Sandra Daniels about solidarity with our support workers and PAs

Sandra and Bob write: What the Covid-19 pandemic has done, whether those in power wish to acknowledge it or not, is that it has laid bare the terrible conditions that many support workers and personal assistants must endure. It may appear strange to raise the issue of the working conditions of ...

DWP tribunal failures

Crippen peels back another layer of DWP discrimination

The Department for Work and Pensions has lost more employment tribunals for disability discrimination than any other employer in Britain. It also has more cases in total and more cases which it lost than any other employer. BBC Panorama found the DWP lost 17 of 134 claims of discrimination against its ...

frailty scoring system

Crippen joins in the anger about ‘terrifying and discriminating’ intensive care guidance

Disabled activists Liz Carr and Dennis Queen have joined with other disabled people in expressing their outrage at the ‘frailty scoring system’ which is being used to determine whether disabled people who are admitted to hospital with Covid-19 are to be offered the same level of care as non-disabled people. Issued ...

do not resuscitate cartoon

Crippen sends Boris a ‘Get well soon’ message

I’m sure we all wish Boris a speedy recovery, but there must be quite a few of us who are pleased that the government’s lack of preparedness has come around to bite him in the proverbial. Karma I think it’s called! Get well soon anyway Boris. You are a cartoonist’s dream ...

cartoon about cygnus

Crippen exposes the truth behind Exercise Cygnus

Heard of Exercise Cygnus? No, well don’t worry because it’s been buried so deep by this government that not many people have. Breaking ranks, the Torygraph (sic) have published a damning exposé of this government cover-up which shows that they knew almost four years ago that the NHS would not be ...

Crippen adds more issues to the roll of government neglect

Call me paranoid, but is it just me that is seeing a pattern of neglect emerging from our government regarding disabled people during this Coronavirus pandemic? You’ll notice that I’ve covered quite a few issues regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the governments responses over the past several weeks: The suggestion that life-saving ...

UC benefits crash

Crippen looks at the irony of Universal Credit design

UNIVERSAL Credit claimants could face online queues of more than 30,000 people when attempting to make a claim during the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of ordinary people (sic) are suddenly being confronted with the issues that disabled people have been faced with ever since Iain Duncan Smith, former head of the Department ...

Boris manipulated by Cummings

Crippen asks, “Is eugenics influencing government policy?”

Disabled people have long been the focus for those who support the eugenics movement. From the extremes practiced by the Nazi party during WWII when over 200,000 disabled people were killed and more than twice the number were sterilised, to such statements as made by George Bernard Shaw who advocated ...

DWP bonus' cartoon

Crippen queries why DWP officials have pocketed over £1m in bonuses

Senior officials at the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) have recently pocketed over £1m in bonuses as a reward for their work in the Tory flag  ship benefits-cutting department. This, despite criticism from opposition MPs, groups and organisations of disabled people, and anti-cuts campaigners, including family and friends of those ...

medical equipment only available for important people

Crippen asks – “Are you important enough to have access to the best care?”

As ‘high profile people' start getting Corona virus symptoms, it will be interesting to see the different levels of care that are being offered! At the time of going to Press, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) and Nadine Dorries (Health Minister) have all tested positive for the virus. So, ...

Loss of benefits in NI

Crippen exposes loss of benefits in Northern Ireland

Thousands in Northern Ireland have lost their benefits in the transition to PIP system Almost one in four disabled people in Northern Ireland who were claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have had their benefit taken away during the transition to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). PIP is designed to replace DLA and ...

Faux Pas by leading Tories

Crippen says “just let the Tories shoot themselves in the foot!”

Well, what can I say?! Seems like if we leave the Tories alone, they’re more than capable of shooting themselves in the foot! The first one comes from Boris Johnson, who in response to a question from SNP MP Mhairi Black about whether one of her constituents had enough to live ...

DWP corrections

Crippen exposes scandal of changes to DWP health assessments

The full scandal of benefit tampering can be revealed after the DWP admitted nearly 7,000 health assessments were changed or binned over two years. Last month, the Daily Record revealed how one of two firms working for welfare chiefs had “audited” the paperwork after they were submitted by a health professional. ...

withholding of treatment

Crippen asks will they be withholding treatment for elderly and disabled as the virus worsens

As Dominic Cummings whispers in Boris Johnson’s ear about letting the elderly and vulnerable die off to help the economy, an open letter from Dr Matt Morgan, Intensive Care Consultant, from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, has generated much more speculation about the lack of available treatment for the ...

care act cartoon

Crippen asks “did you know that the Tories are going to tear up the Care Act?”

Are you aware that this government are proposing a Coronavirus Bill that will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014? This will have a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Disabled people, especially those of us who need social ...

DWP deaths

Crippen compares the death rate of the Corona Virus to that held by IDS

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) must be feeling a bit side-lined as a virus comes out of nowhere and threatens to overshadow his record of deaths created whilst head of the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). I don’t suppose we’ll ever know just how many disabled people have died due to ...

DWP two faced agreement

Crippen looks at ‘temporary’ suspension of private company benefit assessments

After seven years of paying private companies millions of pounds to assess disabled benefit claimants the DWP have finally bowed to pressure and are bringing the process back under state control - or are they?! Over 70% of claimants who had their benefits stopped by the private firms Maximus, Atos ...

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Crippen shows how you can have your say about the DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing yet another investigation into Universal Credit. It comes as a storm around one of its most contentious aspects grows. After disbanding the select committees that kept an eye on the various departments working within government, the Work and Pension Select Committee has ...

benefits and suicide cartoon

Crippen brings more evidence concerning the link between suicide and loss of benefits

Responding to a survey after the National Audit Office found that at least 69 suicides could be linked to problems with benefit claims over the last six years, Dr Chris Allen a Consultant clinical psychologist with the Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, writes: “Current explanations of suicide suggest that a sense of ...

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Crippen focuses on the DWP with money to burn

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is fighting a High Court case, based on a judgement from 2019 over Universal Credit. And it’s doing so despite losing two previous rulings about the same case. The solicitor acting on behalf of the disabled people involved said the DWP should just “admit ...

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Crippen exposes how Brexit means a real threat to our independence

An estimated half a million EU citizens are working in “low-skilled” jobs in the UK with 82,000 of these working in the care services, a report by leading academics has found. The report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that once freedom of movement ends employers ...

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Crippen asks – so you have to create chaos in order to get a knighthood?!

During the period 2011 to 2014 when Iain Duncan Smith was secretary of state for work and pensions and had overall responsibility for the running of the department, over 70,000 claimants were underpaid by some £340 million after being transferred from older benefits on to the employment and support allowance ...

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Crippen asks why is the DWP shredding vital evidence about benefits suicides?

The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of “a cover-up” after shredding around 50 reports into suicides that were linked to benefits being stopped. DWP officials have admitted that the files were shredded, but that this had been due to data protection laws stating that all data ...

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Crippen addresses the news that the government have changed official records

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a shocking admission about how it treats ‘vulnerable’ claimants. It not only changed official records, replacing the answers it originally gave to an MP, but is now claiming ignorance! One campaigner, meanwhile, told The Canary newspaper this represents “neglect on a massive ...

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Crippen looks at being useful and fulfilled

You’ll remember me mentioning in an earlier Blog that the government have set a target for one million disabled people to be in employment by 2027. Also, because of this we’ll then have "fulfilled and meaningful lives" (sic). Well, a press release issued by the DWP informs us that to mark ...

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Crippen brings together some facts indicating the imminent sell-off of our NHS

Remember Boris’ infamous Brexit bus, which promised that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m a week for the NHS? Well, he’s at it again! Having promised to ‘upgrade 20 hospitals and build 40 new ones’, an independent fact-checking charity has found the refurbishment of only six hospitals with no ...

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Crippen reports on why the high courts found that the DWP acted unlawfully

Two disabled campaigners identified as TP and AR, have delivered another humiliating defeat to The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) through the High Courts. The DWP tried to defend their actions involving a huge drop in income for severely disabled people moving on to Universal Credit but was told ...

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Crippen exposes the possible real agenda behind the Tory Disability Strategy

The Tory Government is to introduce an “ambitious” new strategy, supporting disabled people in all aspects and phases of their life. They state that they will use “all the levers of Government” to support disabled people to achieve their full potential. In the background notes to the Queen’s speech at the ...

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Crippen’s latest cartoon asks what will the current minister for Disabled People, Health and Work do for us crips?

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, we now have a new Minister for Disabled people – Justin Tomlinson MP … Well, actually, a new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to be exact (yes, they’ve changed the job title again!) – so he’s stretched pretty thin. AND he’s only ...

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Cartoonist Crippen comments on the Government’s refusal to assess the impact of benefit sanctions

Campaigners have responded with anger when it was revealed that the government has refused to assess the impact benefit sanctions have on people’s mental health despite repeated warnings they can cause long-lasting damage to the wellbeing of claimants and their families. This is despite warnings over the past several years from ...

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Cartoonist Crippen marks our exit from the European Union with a chilling comment on Inhuman Rights?!

Boris Johnson didn’t like it when MPs stood up to him in parliament and prevented him from carrying out what he wanted, and he was similarly antagonistic towards the judges who declared that his suspension of parliament was not legal. Now that Johnson has been re-elected, and with a large majority, ...

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Cartoonist Crippen comments on disability rights and the Equality Act 2010

Disabled cartoonist Crippen comes out of hibernation to once again provide his hard-hitting political cartoons for DAO. The one thing that is really worrying me now is what Boris Johnson and his cronies are going to do with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Tories have already stated that ...

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Cartoonist Crippen researches the facts behind statistics on deaths within the disability community

Several disabled artists who work directly with DAO are making work about the current situation of dire poverty that many in the disabled community are living in as a result of austerity measures imposed on the UK. DAO asked cartoonist Dave Lupton aka Crippen to research the reality of what's ...

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The Social Model: understanding the language of disability from a cartoonists point of view

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen disabled cartoonist, has been engaged in the disability arts movement for more decades than he cares to mention. Following on from the publication of a showcase of Crippen's cartoons last month we introduce his take on the language associated with disability from a Social Model perspective, ...

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30 years with Crippen – a showcase of cartoons through the decades

Dave Lupton, aka Crippen disabled cartoonist, has been in the vanguard of the disability arts movement, producing cartoons which engage with the politics of disability and exploring this through the lens of the Social Model Understanding of Disability. Here he showcases a small selection of cartoons from the many thousands ...

A young Asian man using a crutch is looking at just the head of young white man placed on the seat of a wheelchair. The head is saying: "I like to think of myself as differently abled!"

Crippen cartoons on Google images

I had an interesting comment on my Wordpress blog the other day. I've added my response at the bottom of this post but but would be interested to hear what others make of it. You can access the blog comment directly by clicking here and maybe leaving your own comment? Blog Comment left ...

A queue of people are waiting to pay their cash into a collection point for Children in Need. On the other side of the wall is Pudsey stashing cash into a giant fruit machine. He pulls the lever and a 'Pudsey' and two 'Invest a/c' tiles appear. There is a loud 'Ker-ching!' echoing around the room. A sign on top of the fruit machine states 'BBC Gambling Incorporated'.

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, ...

A queue of people are waiting to pay their cash into a collection point for Children in Need. On the other side of the wall is Pudsey stashing cash into a giant fruit machine. He pulls the lever and a 'Pudsey' and two 'Invest a/c' tiles appear. There is a loud 'Ker-ching!' echoing around the room. A sign on top of the fruit machine states 'BBC Gambling Incorporated'.

Pudsey stashes away almost 90million pounds! / 14 November 2015

BBC Children in Need, which has raised more than £600million since 1980, has allegedly stashed a large part of this into its investment portfolio instead of giving it directly to those children it claims to collect the money for. BBC Children in Need has £87,705,000 invested in a range of portfolios, ...

A wheelchair user is being bullied by a representative of the Federation of Charities for the Disabled. He is wagging his finger in the disabled person's face and is saying: "And when we want your opinion, we'll tell you what it is!"

Operation Invisible / 5 November 2015

The following has been written by Bob Williams-Findlay, long time disabled activist and academic, who is explaining why Operation Invisible is taking such a firm grip on disabled people's imagination. "What is Operation Invisible? It is a simple idea: to bring together disabled activists and our organisations to produce 'campaign material' ...

Two young disabled people are looking at a notice pinned to the wall alongside of them. The notice says 'Think Positive: we are disabled and proud and we are capable of achieving anything!' The caption under the image says 'Positive Attitudes'.

Removing Barriers / 12 August 2015

A couple of years ago, Toyah Wordsworth, a young disabled woman, commissioned me to create some cartoons for a board game she had devised. The game, 'Removing Barriers', was aimed at raising awarenness about the many barriers that exist in society and that exclude disabled people from full participation in ...

Crippen

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 ...