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Practice in a Digital World

Back in January I was awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to develop and adapt my work as an artist and collaborator during the pandemic and beyond. This project draws particular attention to the pandemics impact on the limited mobility of Disabled People in these extraordinary times!‘Practice ...

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Crippen revisits the continuing abuse of disabled people in institutions

Did you know that calls to address the scandal of learning disabled people and those with Autism inappropriately locked up in long-stay institutions date back more than 70 years when it was estimated then that there were over 50,000 people living in these so called long-stay hospitals.

The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman contemplating education with Julie Andrews

This is a drunk me and Julie Andrews on our graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths in 2010, I think. Our Master’s degree in psychodynamic counselling. A course I was already lecturing on with no degree, just two GCSEs in English, music and a CSE in typing. I left school at sixteen and ...

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Crippen hears about an exciting project run and controlled by young disabled people

An exciting new project, RIP:STARS which is run and controlled by young disabled people, has issued its findings on the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and whether they meet disabled children and young people’s rights.

Crippen discovers that children with special educational needs are being failed in Northern Ireland

It seems that the problems with regard to so called special educational needs (SEN) are not just confined to the UK mainland. Our disabled brothers and sisters and their families over in Northern Ireland are getting the short end of the stick too.

Crippen asks – Bias or what?!

The Right-wing influences are at it again with two new appointments to high ranking roles within the broadcasting industry and the launch of a new TV channel that has raised more than a few eyebrows. Disability Arts Online ·

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Crippen discovers that prejudices and superstition still exists

I’m currently in the process of completing a project for DAO called ‘A history of disability - including the involvement of disability arts’. It has involved researching attitudes towards disabled people over the centuries including the many prejudices and superstitions that existed.

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Crippen and the National Disability Strategy Survey – Part 2

Following on from my last Blog about the National Disability Strategy Survey (NDS), several disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have complained directly to Justin Tomlinson, the Minister for Disabled People. Disability Arts Online ·

Crippen and the National Disability Strategy Survey – Part 1

The launch of The UK Disability Strategy Survey has brought mixed reaction from fellow Crips and our groups and organisations (DPOs). Disability Arts Online · Disability ...

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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.