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Boris Johnson gambles with death

As the government gamble with our lives Crippen looks at the question of trust

People call me an old cynic when it comes to having any trust in this government to do what’s best for disabled people. In the past when we were locked away in residential homes and the only way that the general public knew of our existence was when a ‘special’ ...

Black Widow 4

Late comers to 'Black Widow' may wish to go back to the start which began here. Down the road. Down the road he came across a lazing Lazy Susan wondering if she was fit like a pig on a spit for turning. Barely ...

Crippen looks at the language of the pandemic

More and more the language around the coronavirus pandemic is being framed around the ethos of ‘survival of the fittest’. “Most people recover and it’s only the chronically sick and disabled that are more likely to die” says the media dismissively. It’s a sentiment that I’ve heard constantly over the ...

Intro to Magical Women: Follow us into the woods

  Alive the trees are hot under my feet, their roots I feel tremble beneath the earth. There is a swelling, under my toes, ripples. Stretch out to oceans, there is an untangling of ribbons flowing free. Like hope flying high with wind into cold shimmering skies. Like a star burst to the brim. We are ...

UK Parliament Select Committee COVID 19 survey

Crippen gives the heads-up for a Parliamentary Survey

Oops, nearly missed this one. Although they have said that people can still respond after the closing date. So, here goes … A Parliamentary Select Committee have been set up to find out how the measures put into effect regarding the pandemic have impacted on disabled people – although they have ...

consultation between government and disabled people

Crippen reminds the government that they’ve signed up to talk with disabled people

It’s well documented that this government consistently fails to involve disabled people when planning its disability strategies. It will argue that it does, although this is usually with those organisations that are not user-led or with those individual ...

Hints and Tips for Lockdown No.3 or How Not to Touch Your Face

Once upon a time if you wore a towel on your head to protect yourself from an invisible enemy you would be seen as crazy. Well, I have been mad longer than the recently 'insaned' general public. There is a saying that people are only temporarily able-bodied. People are only ...

ALLFIE cartoon

Crippen asks you to support ALLFIE in their fight for Inclusive Education

The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) is concerned that disabled people’s rights to be supported within mainstream education will be suspended for up to two years under the Coronavirus Bill. The Government wants to suspend various rights disabled people have under current legislation. They are very concerned that:

  • Disabled children with
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survey of disabled peoples needs re covid 19

Crippen and the Greater Manchester Big Covid-19 Disability Survey

Disabled People's Groups and Organisations have compiled a questionnaire to discover what effects the Covid 19 virus has had on disabled people in the Greater Manchester area. The questions are designed to identify the issues and experiences that their members are currently facing. They need as many responses as they can ...

social distancing

Crippen looks at the new relaxation of rules for people with autism and who are learning-disabled

We seem to have a Catch-22 situation regarding autistic and learning- disabled people who, due to a successful legal challenge about the lock-down and social distancing rules, can now apparently ignore them. It came about when some carers involved with autistic and learning- disabled people successfully challenged the government about ...