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Staying Active Has Been the Key to Staying Sane

My name is Grace Roach I have had sight loss and multiple disabilities since my late teens following an accident. I have never let this hold me back from what I have wanted to achieve in life. Sometimes my disabilities have had an impact on me doubting myself and asking: "Am ...

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Thank you NHS

A rainbow I made by throwing paint and asking my PA bow to draw some lines of rain and write "thank you". Cheers, Nick

Harry Josephine Giles: trans activism and confidence

DAO's Digital Influencer, Deen Hallissey talks about why transgender artists are so important to him as an autistic person Lo: Record, recording. Deen: Hey everyone, I’m Deen. Some of you will remember me from the DAO instagram takeover. I’m the new Digital Influencer for DAO. And this is Lowri (Lo says hi!) ...

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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.

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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, ...

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 ...

Making Space for Art MW

What does an autistic/ADHD neurodivergent led art workshop look like?  

*Please note. (small d for deaf not big D is how the deaf participant identifies). We are voices of many. (Written in third person is part of Elinor's ND vocabulary and traits, she flips between they, we, I, her, she).  Development Magical Women was developed in ...

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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.

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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 ...

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I plan to visit here occasionally to share some of my writing process. Mostly thinking then, or my version of that, but maybe sometimes some practical ideas. To help my writing I try to read as much as I can. Partly this is to make up for lost time in a ...