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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Crippen's introduction to the world of Asperger's Syndrome

1 August 2009

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Crippen's Aspergers and Disabled people cartoon

I've started to create cartoons based upon people who have Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This has mainly been due to the contacts that I've been making through Facebook and the new networks of Disabled people that I'm 'meeting' through this facility. It's a difficult area to work in I'm discovering, as the various people involved in this area of impairment tend to have different points of view regarding their position in the Disabled people's movement ... or not! Obviously, those contacts I'm...

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Crippen gives a heads up about the appearance of Liz Crow on the Trafalgar Square plinth

4 August 2009

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Liz Crow in a Nazi uniform sitting  on the plinth in Trafalger Square

Our Disabled sister and fellow artist Liz Crow appeared on the Anthony Gormley plinth in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8th August at 2200 hrs. And as promised, she presented a dignified but powerful statement against extreme right wing politics in its worse manifestation. Initially clad in a cream coloured blanket that covered her from head to foot, Liz sat quietly in her wheelchair for the first 10 minutes before pulling it away to reveal herself wearing the uniform of the war time Nazi party....

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Crippen looks at MMR and Autism

19 August 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about the MMR vaccinations causing Autism

I've recently been commissioned to produce some illustrations to accompany a talk on Autism. It seems that the various groups associated with Autism are now including most of the associated neurodiverse conditions within their remit, such as Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia (numeracy dyslexia), etc. Some groups are also moving towards an understanding of the Social Model of disability and are interacting with groups and organisations of Disabled people in this respect. Several people...

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Crippen provides some political links

25 August 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about a disabled, black, gay man being attacked

There’s usually a lot happening within the world of Cripdom; Disabled people around the world continue to struggle against the apartheid that still exists, despite new laws that have been passed to identify and remove the many barriers within our respective societies that disable us. Thanks to the internet this news can now be shared around the various disability networks that we have - although this never seems to reach the national or international press (why are we not suprised?!)....

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Crippen looks at the portrayal of Disabled people as being the problem

31 August 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about lack of access in education

The following excerpts were taken from an online newsletter, written by Disabled people for Disabled people. If even we can’t get it right, what are the chances of the mainstream press understanding the issues around barriers and the Social Model understanding of disability?! ‘A teenager has triumphed in his A-levels after refusing to let his cerebral palsy hold him back at school … ’ I would suggest that it’s not his cerebral palsy holding him back at school but the barriers that...

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Crippen continues the theme about the current lack of funding …

10 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon of disabled people faced with the Olympic hoops to jump through

Ok, I take the point from Richard Downes (last blog comments) that by only blaming the 2012 Olympics for the current lack of funding is being a bit simplistic, but I still hold to the belief that this huge white elephant is doing more damage in this area than all of the effects of the current recession combined. So here’s another cartoon along the same theme (sorry Richard!). As part of Richard’s response however, he’s come up with an interesting idea. How about setting up our own...

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Crippen looks at the current disability arts funding crisis (again!)

4 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon portraying the government getting disabled people to fight each other for their funding

I’m hearing from groups and organisations of Disabled people who are continuing to have problems with fund raising. Some of this funding relates to events, performances and exhibitions that are being planned, whilst other funding is actually needed to keep these organisations running. We’ve already lost two of the biggest Disability Arts Forums due to a lack of available funding and it now looks as though many other smaller groups and organisations are considering closing down. The problem...

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Crippen reminds you of a DAN action in Birmingham

13 September 2009

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Crippens cartoon of Birmingham City Cll. Peter Hay getting the message

The Disabled People's Direct Action Network (DAN) is once again taking action against Birmingham City Council (BCC) tomorrow (Monday 14th September) as partly a reaction to the death of a disabled person in the city, but also because, despite his promises, Peter Hay (Director of Health and Social Care) has not followed through with promises he made back in March 09.    BCC promised to work with DAN towards establishing genuine independent living for disabled people in Birmingham after...

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Crippen's slant on Disabled Pride

23 September 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Disabled people uniting against the status quo

I recently posted this cartoon on Facebook and received emails from all over the world in support of the message that it contained. It’s not a new concept and I’ve lost count of the cartoons I’ve produced over the past couple of decades with the same message. But it still seems to hit the spot! It seems that many of us Crips still feel oppressed and controlled by the many groups and organisations ‘for’ Disabled people that still exist, and who still insist that they are representing...

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Crippen asks ‘where are the young Disabled people?’

1 October 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about younger disabled people

Being of the generation that can say ‘I saw Hendrix play at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival’ (what do you mean, who?!) means that I’ve also seen a lot of water go under the disability bridge. I wasn’t part of the original move by the Fiscally Impaired Against Segregation (FIAS) in 1970, when they identified disability as the exclusion of people with physical impairments from the mainstream of society. Nor was I involved with the birth of the Social Model during the same...

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Crippen looks at patronisation of Disabled people

7 January 2010

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Crippen's cartoon depicting patronisation of disabled people

Hi folks. I'm starting 2010 as I mean to go on; gloves off and more in your face then ever before! And my first question for this decade is: 'How much longer do we have to beat our heads against the wall of discrimination that exists in the UK?' I don't know about you but I'm getting pretty pissed off about the lack of any real progress regarding public perception of us crips and our role in society. It's still mainly those over paid non-disabled parasites who run those big organisations that...

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Crippen asks ‘what is happening to the Disability Arts Movement?’

17 October 2009

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Crippen looks at the changes in Disability Art

Has anyone else noticed that we’re in danger of slipping back to where we all started from?! I’ve always seen the Disability Arts Movement as being in the vanguard of the Disabled People’s Movement. As Disabled artists we’ve focused upon our oppression and expressed this through our art. Together we’ve used the Social Model to identify and then confront the many barriers within society that conspire to disable us; the key word being ‘together’. However,...

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Crippen looks at what charities are really doing for us

26 October 2009

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Crippen cartoon about rights not charity shows four people, two of them in wheelchairs, talking. The two not in wheelchairs are Charity representatives

Contrary to public understanding, we Crips spend more time overcoming the negative effects we get from the various charities that claim to represent us, than we do benefiting from the services that they are supposed to provide. “But where would you be without them?” I hear some of you ask. Well, for a start we wouldn’t be seen as a pathetic, needy, homogeneous group of people, to be treated with either pity or contempt. We wouldn’t be made to jump through the many hoops...

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Crippen asks Bob Williams-Findlay to share his experiences with the former Spastics Society

2 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about cerebral palsy and sexual repression

Following on from Bob Williams-Findlay’s comment last week about his experiences with the Spastics Society (now Scope), I invited him to write something for this week’s blog. “It is very difficult to explain my mixed emotions regarding the Spastics Society, now renamed Scope. In many ways I feel I achieved what I did despite being subjected to psychological abuse whilst in one of their segregated schools. There is little doubt that, up to the last two years at the Society-run...

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Crippen looks at the proposal to introduce ID cards for disabled people

8 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about the proposed ID card for disabled people

Identity cards for Disabled people with hidden impairments are being tried out in Nottinghamshire. If successful, the idea is to launch the scheme nationwide. There are some obvious advantages for those of us with hidden impairments who have to jump through a different hoop with each gatekeeper that we come up against; but I have a 'thin end of the wedge' feeling about this latest venture. The current anti-terrorist legislation has allowed this government to 'chip' our passports so that they...

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Crippen adopts Lily Allen's Gay Rights anthem for us Crips

16 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Lily Allen's Gay Right's anthem

What with our recent rant about Charities and the Lily Allen song that's being adopted by Gay Rights activists in Manchester, I thought we crips should get in on the act ... sorry about the language but it is in the lyrics of the song (bet I still get a comment from disgusted of Tonbridge Wells though!).   Comments Incidentally, we're still having a problem with the comments section of this blog and you have to scroll down quite a way before you find it! Please do leave a comment as I'd...

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Crippen posts a copy of an email received from Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack on the DLA

24 June 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about DLA benefit cuts

I'm using this week's blog to reproduce an email circulated by Bob Williams-Findlay regarding the attack by this government on Disabled people who are claiming Disabled Living Allowance (DLA).   "Since the Budget there has been a major uproar over the ConDems plan to 're-assess' people on DLA. What is clear is that there is now a new smear campaign, not unlike the ones against IB, to discredit DLA claims. For those with access to the BBC iplayer I've included a link to Jeremy Paxman...

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Crippen has a few things to say about BBC's Children in Need

25 November 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about Children in Need

Unfortunately, due to problems with t'internet I'm a bit late with this cartoon which was intended to come out during the recent Children in Need event on BBC Radio and TV. Still, better late than never ... and the idea of a Trojan Pudsey rather tickled me! Needless to say, us Crips are still campaigning against this charitable farce. Our message is loud and clear and asks why do Disabled children still have to rely on this type of humiliationathon AND have to appear sufficiently grateful in...

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Crippen posts his favourite christmas card cartoon

15 December 2009

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Crippen's favourite christmas card cartoon

This time of year I'm often asked to produce cartoons for christmas cards for the many groups and organisations of Disabled people throughout the UK. This year however, there's been a noticeable reduction in these requests, mainly due, I'm told, to the fact that many of these organisations are just too strapped (lacking funds) to be able to afford to have cards printed and posted this year. So, in the spirit of good will and co-operation that exists at this time of year I thought it would be a...

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Crippen looks at what Cast Offs has done for Disabled people in the UK

20 December 2009

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Crippen's cartoon about the Channel 4 comedy drama Cast Offs

Most of you will have either seen it (or heard the audio description)  or will have read about it. Either way, you'll have realised just what an impact the new Channel 4 series Cast Offs, starring REAL disabled people in the roles of the disabled characters has had on the disabled community. Fed up to the back teeth with non-disabled actors playing disabled characters, crips around the UK have voted a resounding YES! for this pioneering piece of television comedy drama. The episode that...

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Crippen is asked to look back over his work during 2009.

23 December 2009

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The cartoon that started off Crippen's career as a disabled cartoonist

Our esteemed Editor Colin has invited the dao bloggers to look back over the past year and highlight some of the events that have crossed our keyboards. Never one to stick to a brief and usually finding ways to expand the boundaries (Ed: Tell me about it!), I delved into my back-up hard drive, clicked on the folder marked 'the beginnings' and came across the original cartoon that had started me on my career as Crippen. I've redrawn it several times since then, adding colour, altering the...

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Crippen looks at poverty amongst disabled people with the assistance of Dan Pitt's blog

14 January 2010

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Crippen addresses the problem of poverty amongst disabled people

The following is taken from the blog of 17 year old Dan Pitt who has very kindly agreed that I can post it along with my latest cartoon. 'Despite nearly 15 years of new legislation, the results of a new survey reveal that disabled people in the UK are facing rising levels of poverty and discrimination. Yet many disabled people believe things are getting better. What explains the contradiction? Disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people. Leonard Cheshire...

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Crippen looks at the reality of life in a residential home

25 January 2010

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Crippen looks at the reality of life in a home for disabled people

Disabled activists, who campaign to raise awareness of those disabled people who are currently incarcerated in one of the many homes run and controlled by the big disability charities, are often asked, "but surely in this day and age, no one is kept in these places against their will?" In answer to this, I want to tell you about John (not his real name), who resides in a Leonard Cheshire home for young disabled people. We've exchanged emails a couple of times and I've sent him a copy...

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Crippen looks at history in respect of the Assisted Suicide debate

1 February 2010

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Crippen looks at history in respect of the Assisted Suicide debate

Unsurprisingly Assisted Suicide is still in the news with another ruling that let a mother who aided her daughter to end her life, walk away from a murder charge. Why the daughter who had ME was 'bed ridden' for over 17 years, was just one of the issues that wasn't addressed during the recent court appearance. The author Terry Pratchett, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's has also come forward to advocate changes in the law that will make assisted suicide legal. He has also recommended...

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Crippen looks at the continued horror of life for disabled people in Afghanistan

15 February 2010

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Crippen's cartoon about the continued plight of disabled people in Afghanistan

My on-line work takes me to areas all around the world where I'm asked to create images of disabled people facing oppression in all of its many forms and manifestations. Most of us in the West may be faced with limited access and be struggling to live on a reduced income. However this is a walk in the park compared to some situations I hear about concerning our disabled brothers and sisters in the third world. Take Afghanistan for example. The rights of disabled people in that country are not...

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