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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 ...

Boris Johnson is down a mine holding up a cage with a small disabled figure in it. He is wearing a miner’s helmet. Around his feet is a gassy mist identified as Covid 19. He is saying: “I knew they’d come in useful for something!”

Crippen asks: “are we just disposable members of society?!”

Having completely ignored us during this pandemic, Boris and his cronies continue to put the lives of disabled people at risk as he recklessly throws aside those few safety measures that remain. Once again, we have to look out for ourselves, as this shambles of a government certainly aren’t ...

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 ...

Zine cover image of a woman with a thought bubble: 'denture grip don't let me down now'

Sex Positions for Creaky Older Lesbians – A Zine!

In my Covid Commission for Disability Arts Online, I made a film of a day in my life as an artist.  One of my creative activities in the film was me drawing for my zine: 'Do Not Harm Her Sutra' - Sex Positions for Creaky Older Lesbians. The idea came ...

cartoon about DWP deaths

Crippen asks you to remember those disabled people who died before the pandemic

Just prior to the virus taking a hold within the UK, John Pring, disabled journalist had written a detailed, yet harrowing account of the disabled people who died during or following a DWP benefits assessment. This article, entitled ‘DWP – the case for the prosecution’ provided detailed information about some ...

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 ...

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.

cartoon about Covid 19 second wave

Crippen’s feeling worried about a second pandemic wave

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we’ve seen the back of this pandemic. Disability Arts Online · Crippen’s feeling worried about ...

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.

cartoon depicting a tory landfilll site

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 ...