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A cardboard box, which reads fragile, handle with care

Am I surviving?

'It's really hard the first time, but you soon get used to being out among strangers'. I was not reassured. First off I was horrified at just how 'used to it' people seemed to be - most having reverted to their old unobservant ways much too soon. Just my third time ...

a cartoon about language of disability

Crippen looks at language

In my last Blog about the high death rate amongst learning disabled people during this pandemic, I used an article by journalist Nick Cohen as my source material. At the end of his article he spoke about the language used when talking about ‘people with learning disabilities and autism’ ...

Text based art work, the words love and rage are written in a heart, which is overlaid on layers of illegible text

different battle, same war 01

different battle, same war. 2020 - 2022 c.e. Disability Arts Online · Different Battle Same War 01 rants have long been (dis)honourable art. as artistic associate of dao ...

a cartoon about disabled grassroots activism

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 and that we will only ...

A series of paper ballerinas some have been cut in half or had their heads cut off

Disconnected

Can I be semi-shielding? Like a semi-fledged bird, I'm not actually ready to leave my shelter. I've had a trial run leading up to this - a healthcare check that sees me approach the edges of town. Town is not reassuring. It is busier than I’d anticipated. I wear a mask ...

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 ...

Person wearing a paper hyena mask, and dress made of paper, whilst a woman with a walking stick sits next to them on a park bench

social-distancing solved by mad, bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, & feminist-b4-that-word-wz-built mary wollstonecraft

curious arts (north-east lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + arts organisation) supported audioqueer episode 6 out now.  https://vimeo.com/432449130 nearly an hour of ...

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.

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.

Photograph of white non-binary person holding up a candle next to an image of an older white male in a picture frame

on drowning street erasing the d-word (disability) under covid19

recently received a northern broadsides digital squad commission - the 3 mazer films have now gone live alongside interviews. mazer are about multiple things - including how since covid19 drowning street declared eugenics and also disappeared the d-word (disability) so ...