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Crippen discovers that the transport industry has had yet another exemption from access laws!

It’s got to the stage where when this government hacks off yet another piece of disability-related legislation, there’s not even a tokenistic acknowledgement, never mind any form of protest from opposition parties and those groups and organisations that claim to represent us. In fact, it takes a single disabled activist to ...

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Propulsion for 2021

I’m looking forward to introducing my new project – Propulsion, Learning and Sharing. Funded by Arts Council, I’ll be looking at my own disabilities and working out what my access needs are moving forward, along with interviewing other disabled artists about how they manage their own access needs. I’ve seen some ...

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Crippen – DWP again refuses to publish information from secret reviews into benefit-related deaths

Back in October 2014 The Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of secret Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) reviews into suicides and other deaths and serious incidents. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen revisits the subject of disability hate crime

This is the second year running that the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has refused to provide any explanation for why police forces are passing significantly fewer cases of disability hate crime to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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Crippen hears of funding that will be used to build evidence of DPO crisis

New research will seek crucial evidence of the “serious crisis” facing Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across England. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen pays tribute to the irreplaceable Sian Vasey

Disabled activists have paid tribute this week to Sian Vasey – a much-loved, “multi-layered activist” who played a “pivotal role” in the disabled people’s movement for more than 40 years – who died last week.

Crippen hears about a coronavirus grant for disabled people who cannot return to work

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson has finally emerged from wherever he’s been hiding to announce a funding initiative for those disabled people who are unable to return to their place of work and ...

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Crippen and the government’s continuing contempt for disabled people

The new government white paper on the future of the planning system completely ignores the needs of disabled people and the current accessible housing crisis. Disability Arts Online ·

I Cannot Stand By and Watch this Happen Any More. How Can I Make Them See?

Neurodivergent and Magical Women artist, Gemma Abbott calls for an end to ableism towards Neurodivergent artists. The Effect of Lockdown on Worldwide Communities 2020 has been an interesting year so far. And watching from a distance, from within the walls of our houses, has helped to clarify some things. It has ...

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Crippen reports that two thirds of those that have died during pandemic are disabled people

It’s official! Disabled people have made up two-thirds of coronavirus deaths in the UK, according to the latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and they say that we’re also 11 times more likely to die of the virus than non-disabled people.