Homogeneous group: I’m currently working on some new cartoons for use by Disability Equality trainers in the UK. It goes without saying that these people are themselves Disabled and not from the ranks of the non-disabled disability professionals that still exist (don’t get me going!).
This is one of the cartoons I’ve come up with regarding the use of negative terminology around disability. Lots of people still refer to us as ‘the Disabled’, as if we’re really some homogeneous group. In effect, all being the same - and functioning as a disparate group within society. Come on folks, it’s easy. We are Disabled people, plain and simple. We’re not ‘differently abled’, or ‘physically challenged’, or, as in this case, ‘the Disabled’! Think of us as being Disabled by society, therefore Disabled people. Easy isn’t it?! (He does go on, doesn’t he?! – Ed)
If you want to see a clearer image, just click on the cartoon and it will change to a larger size. You'll also find a description of the cartoon along with the enlargement (this is provided for screen reading software).
By the way, I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve now got several new cartoon collections available on the Crippen section of my web site (several times! – Ed). Funnily enough, I’m getting the most hits on the ‘Cripes, it’s a Crip’ booklet that has a chapter entitled ‘Sex’. Strange that …
If you fancy taking a look at what’s available, here is the link for the Crippen ‘products’ page.
Our cousins over the water: I often get requests from American magazines for cartoons. Well, to be more exact, they more often ask me if they can use one of the cartoons that they’ve seen on the web site or this blog. These e-zines (web based magazines) are usually run by a Disabled person with a specific impairment, and they feature issues relating to their own particular group of Crips.
The Yanks sometimes have a bit of trouble getting their heads around our Social Model understanding of disability and the fact that we call ourselves Disabled people. They identify for the most as ‘people with disabilities’ (say it in a drawling mid west accent, it works better!). Or they may alternatively refer to themselves as … wait for it … a ‘differently abled’ person! Of course my mind being what it is I just couldn’t resist taking it to the extreme with this cartoon on the right. (At least he didn’t make one of his usual dreadful puns about the character being a head case or something! – Ed) Well, I do like to keep ahead of things! (Groan! – Ed)
NB: Not sure why the cartoon has come out so small this time, but just click on it and you'll get a bigger version as usual (along with a description for screen reading software).
If like me you follow Dolly Sen’s blog on this site (click on the blog’s link up on the right) you see that she’s added some of her amazing poetry this month. That woman certainly has a way with words. I also noticed that she doesn’t mention her own web site, so here is
the link for that. Enjoy.
Thanks for the comments on the last blog entry folks (the one below regarding Francesca). It's really great to get feedback so keep it coming.
Disabled comedian Francesca Martinez has withdrawn as a torch carrier for the Olympic Games saying she felt that taking part would legitimise violence in Tibet.
YES! At last someone with the guts to stand by their principles. Not like some of the other people who are withdrawing, mainly because they don’t want to get involved in the politics, but who are giving a whole range of excuses for so doing!? ‘ … er, I’ve suddenly remembered I’ve got an appointment at the … er, dentist (phew!).’
Francesca told Channel 4 News: ‘I was very honoured to be asked, and very honoured to represent the disabled community. I fully support the Tibetan cause and in a way I feel that, because of the mounting pressure and the ongoing violence in Tibet, that torch-bearers should turn down their role ... because I feel that is truly promoting and supporting the Olympic ideals, which are unity and world peace, and that doesn't include invasion of other countries.’
I stand corrected. Apparently sport is more important than having your country, your people and your culture systematically destroyed by a superpower (and on this occassion I mean China!). Olympic athlete Steve Redgrave sums it all up in an article he's written for today's Gruaniad (5 April). He says 'I think people have realised athletes are a cheap hit, a way to get publicity for whatever cause they're trying to fight for.' Must get a bit confusing eh Steve, especially as us Crips also put Civil Rights before sport. What you going to say when we boycott the Special Olympics again?!
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