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Weighty matters

Are you still allowed to have middle aged spread when you’re in your 60’s?! Like most Crips my impairments means that I’m a bit limited on what I can achieve in the form of exercise (well that’s his excuse - Ed) and this inevitably means that I’ve put on more weight than I would like … OK, more weight than my GP would like. I personally think it suits me, and comments like ‘How’s it hanging fatty’ from the likes of Kit Wells is just down to pure envy I’m sure! weight cartoon

I know lots of fellow Crips who are a bit on the podgy side and it’s usually down to not being able to exercise properly. I don’t suppose it helps that we all enjoy our food, and in my case, being married to a fantastic cook sort of adds to the problem! I could eat less I suppose, but what would that say to Jeni about her cooking. I wouldn’t want her to think that I didn’t enjoy her food. You’ve got to be so careful haven’t you?!

OK I know we should eat less … I should eat less! But I don’t smoke and I don’t drink so I deserve some other vice don’t I (answers on a postcard - Ed)?!

Going back to my GP, he reckons that my current weight goes with a man who’s about seven foot tall! I told him that if my spine was straightened out I’d be about eight foot tall and that meant I had about a stone in hand?

That’s the trouble with GP’s – no sense of humour!

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Posted by Dave Lupton, 31 October 2008

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 January 2009

Access derailed

I was wandering around the various web sites and blogs the other day and came across an article by a young Disabled woman who’d been left on a train after everyone else had got off and apparently forgotten about. She’d sat there for about four hours until cleaners came on the train and found her. I honestly thought that this type of problem was now a thing of the past. How naive could I be?! gap cartoon

The UK’s national rail watchdog has recently undertaken a study of people using the Assisted Passenger Reservation Service (APRS) and has discovered (surprise, surprise) that over a third of people using the service were either not expected at their station of departure, were not met at the station of arrival, or else fell through some black hole and weren’t even known about!

Tony Smith, the chief executive of the Passenger Focus group, who commissioned the study, admitted that Disabled passengers are still being left stranded on platforms with their train departing without them, or being abandoned on trains long after they had expected to be helped off. The research also found that four out of 10 passengers who were given an appointed meeting place at the station were still not met by staff.

The APRS research was carried out across Great Britain using mystery shoppers with various impairments. Smith told reporters: ‘Our mystery shopper’s experienced varied levels of service – from excellent staff assistance, to a mediocre reception, through to no help at all. In one instance a passenger refused to travel again by rail because of poor service from staff.’

It seems that the problem is being caused by poor communication between the various companies and organisations that are involved in the service.

I hope someone explained the reason to that young woman stranded on the train earlier?!

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Posted by Dave Lupton, 25 October 2008

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 January 2009

Stability

I think I’ve mentioned my friend who’s recently taken to using a wheelchair and has suddenly been confronted with the realities of Disability discrimination (remember him trying to use a credit card in a pub?!). Well, he’s now decided that he’d be better off with a power chair as he’s getting totally pissed off with having to clean dog shit off his hands whenever he self-propels down the road each time! stabilisers cartoon

It’s not just the dog shit either he tells me, it’s the so-called dropped kerbs and bloody cars that park on the pavement that result in him having to retrace his steps and double his journey time (tell me about it mate!). Apparently the OT girlfriend of one of his other mates tried to explain to him that it was healthier for him to continue to use the self-propelled chair rather than go over to a power chair. I don’t think she’d ever come across an assertive Crip before because his reaction to that suggestion has apparently got her considering a change in profession!

As a long time power chair user he though that I’d have some tips for him about purchasing the same. Apart from telling him about the companies to avoid (you know who you are!) I suggested that he pop down to one of the test centres that are around the country, such as the one down in Banstead, and try out a few on their test tracks. The people who work in these places don’t have an axe to grind with regard to recommending one make over another, and usually have contacts in the wheelchair manufacturing world that can be useful. They would also put him straight with regard to getting the beast in and out of his car, etc.

I sent him this cartoon as a bit of a wind up. His reply must have been a bit on the strong side as AOL rejected his email on language content!

Enlarged image - If you want to see an enlarged image, or want to access a description of the cartoon accompanying this blog, then just click on the cartoon itself and it will open as a much bigger version along with a description of the cartoon.

Small image - Not sure why last weeks cartoon came out so small, although it did enlarge OK if you clicked on it ... sorry about that.

Cartoon e-books- Apparently the link corrupted for some of you regarding the cartoon site where my current e-books are up for sale. Here is the link again.

(There's nothing wrong with the link. He just wants to get another plug in! - Ed)

Posted by Dave Lupton, 20 October 2008

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 January 2009

Boob job

I’ve done a couple of articles and produced several cartoons of a sexual nature over the years, obviously all involving Disabled people in one position or another ( pun intended!). boobjob cartoon

That’s the thing about sex and disability, for a lot of non-disabled people they just don’t go together. In one of my cartoon book called ‘Cripes, it’s a Crip’ I devote one chapter to the subject of sex. Nothing too heavy, but enough to provoke a response from someone (non-disabled of course!) who told me that the chapter had made them feel ‘uncomfortable’. I imagine that it must have been the following paragraph that hit the spot for them?!

Imagine utilising some of the aids and adaptations that we use. Never mind just jumping off the top of the wardrobe. Just wait until you’ve used the Wessex hoist position or lain on top of an anti-bedsore mattress (they vibrate!), or gone for a spin round the bedroom in your electric chair, two-up and naked. Sex is never the same again!

Perhaps I should respect the sensibilities of those people who have a problem imagining Disabled people having a sex life, although they must realise that sex plays just as an important a role in the lives of a lot of us Crips as it does in the lives of so called normal people.

Take this week’s cartoon for example. I suppose it has an underlying sex theme, although it came about after a Disabled friend of mine had a breast removed and was offered reconstructive surgery. She joked about getting an enormous breast inserted, and then saving up to get the other one done later. She obviously felt that big breasts equalled sexy, although another friend has just gone through reduction surgery because she felt that hers were too big. Perhaps they should meet?! Wait for it … big breasts, sex AND Disabled people … that should get the emails coming in!

e-books- for those of you who want to find out more about my current e-books, here is the link for them. Not bad for a fiver, even if I say so myself!

Posted by Dave Lupton, 10 October 2008

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 January 2009

May contain nuts

Every now and then I produce a cartoon that gets an adverse reaction from our non-disabled brothers and sisters. This one on a mental health theme is one such example! WCs cartoon

Not even bothering to check out the facts surrounding the cartoon, these critics launch in with a string of invective usually headed up by ‘How very dare you …!’ Most of the time I simply ignore them, as it detracts from the whole point of having constructed the cartoon in the first place – to get a reaction! Other times I try and explain that I’m being ironic or sarcastic or whatever it is I’m trying to convey in my drawings.

I’ve probably mentioned before that the Americans don’t seem to do ironic, or at least the one’s that react to my cartoons. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve ended up shouting at the computer screen as yet another email arrives, a response to a response that I responded to from an outraged Yank. I’m gradually learning that it’s better to just pretend that I never got their initial email in the first place!

This cartoon by the way came as a result of a workshop I facilitated with a group of Survivors in the UK. We’d been looking at public perceptions of mental health generally and of people given the schizophrenia label specifically. Images of ‘Axe wielding nutters’ as portrayed by the press and the need for separate toilets in case normal people caught a mental illness where just some of the issues we played around with. This cartoon appeared in my head at the end of one such talk and was endorsed by the self styled ‘nutters’ I was working with at the time ... so there!

Posted by Dave Lupton, 3 October 2008

Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 January 2009