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Crippen and the call for grassroots activism

Speaking at the online launch of a new book by a disabled activist, Ellen Clifford, Professor Colin Barnes, one of the most significant figures in the development of the social model of disability, said that disabled people had faced a decade of oppression over the last decade and ...

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213 Things About Me and plenty to discuss about autism

213 Things About Me is a podcast series which tells the true story of ‘Rose’, who was diagnosed with autism aged 36 and took her own life six months later. 213 Things About Me is told through a list of Rose’s traits, which she made immediately after being diagnosed with ...

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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 ...

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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.

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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

Check out the Gig Buddies campaign

Gig Buddies is a programme by national charity, Stay Up Late, that supports people with learning disabilities to see live music through their volunteering befriending service. In response to the coronavirus lockdown, the charity has brought many of its services online including; virtual coffee mornings, art clubs, evening socials and ...

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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 ...

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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 ...