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Crippen looks at what charities are really doing for us / 26 October 2009

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 that these organisations have set up for us, nor would we have to perform as grateful crips in front of an audience set up to applaud the achievements of the said organisations.

The damage caused to Disabled people by most of the bigger charities over the whole of the past century is incalculable. From locking us away in institutions and away from the mainstream society, to diagnosing our physical impairments as a ‘mental handicap’ and therefore denying us the right to an education, these organisations have a lot to answer for. Representatives of charities have also caused us to suffer sexual and physical abuse as well as instigating a programme of control which sole purpose was to disempower us and make us even more dependent upon them.

This ‘abuse’ still continues, albeit in a more subtle way than in the past. Each year an example of this ‘charitable model’ concept of disability is given hundreds of hours of air time on national radio and television as celebrities compete with each other to see who can perform the most embarrassing stunts in the name of Disabled children. The children are then trotted out and made to show how grateful they are.

Little wonder that one of the more popular groups amongst Disabled people on Facebook is the ‘I shot Pudsey Bear’ campaign. Admittedly some of the bigger charities are slowly starting to get their houses in order and have begun to recruit Disabled people to positions of influence on their management teams. Scope is one example of this.

However, others, having hijacked a lot of ‘our’ language from the Social model understanding of disability and presenting a more enlightened image, are still controlling the Disabled people that they claim to represent.

The old slogan ‘Rights, not charity’ is still as valid today as it ever was. 
 

Keywords: charities,direct action network (dan),disabled people's movement,learning disability,social model,young disabled people,

Comments

Marisha Bonar

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16 November 2009

Oppppps.....More ranting:

And this one particular charity ORDERS amongst many and many and many and many other MUST's, SHOULD's "Marisha:You have a Private Swimming Pool and you SHOULD be grateful for it but you don't understand how grateful we ORDER you to be ,because of your mental health issues and ALL the Labels given to you by Proffesionals, who KNOW as well as WE do, how Brave you are, because Thank to US ,working SO HARD as a TEAM, you are still alive. And we MUST advise you that, WE, particular one charity have provided you with this Luxury ,amongst many and many and many other things, WE KNOW you Need. So,WE MUST ORDER you to avoid damaging further this Luxury you SHOULD be enjoying. Oh, NO Marisha, you don’t understand AGAIN, WE are NOT blaming you , how could WE?????. And if you still don't understand after ALL OUR guidance ,so NOT to confuse you, WE, particular one charity ,DO understand you so Very Well and WE will carry on helping and supporting you in such a Very Good Faith and Assist you even further by calling-NO,NO NEED to ask you, as WE KNOW- the Proffesionals who will Help you and Support you even more by Sectioning you. WE KNOW that you would rather DIE - as you have tried before- than be taken by force AGAIN , but WE KNOW how much a Psychiatric Hospital with ALL the Proffesionals can further Cure you.

And I, Marika Bonar Szánto Minorowitz Woytchekovzky, in MY Name and in Marisha =^.^= Name, CHOOSE to BURN Pudsey.

Marisha Bonar

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16 November 2009

16 November 2009

Hiya All,

What a particular charity is really doing for me??????????...This one particular charity says, amongst many and many and many and many others Must's, Should's "Marisha:You have a Private Swimming Pool and you SHOULD be grateful for it"

YES!!!!!!!!! It's sooooo Valid Today: RIGHTS.....NO charity,

Thank you Crippen Disabled Cartoonist/Dave and ALL the Team of DAO, for having a Comment place where I can allow myself to rant, cry, shout, get emotional, laugh.....

Have ALL a Lovely Day.....OK....Not ALL, not one of them who represent this one particular charity,

Marisha

....Sorry if my ranting is showing twice, but I did click on the *add* without writing my name and e-mail....so not sure if it will show??

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16 November 2009

Hiya All,

What a particular charity is really doing for me??????????...This one particular charity says, amongst many and many and many and many others Must's, Should's "Marisha:You have a Private Swimming Pool and you SHOULD be grateful for it"

YES!!!!!!!!! It's sooooo Valid Today: RIGHTS.....NO charity,

Thank you Crippen Disabled Cartoonist/Dave and ALL the Team of DAO, for having a Comment place where I can allow myself to rant, cry, shout, get emotional, laugh.....

Have ALL a Lovely Day.....OK....Not ALL, not one of them who represent this one particular charity,

Marisha

Kev Towner - FaceBook

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29 October 2009

Hey, Dave!! What's it like being in the vanguard of the Disability Movement? I've been in the GUARD'S VAN of the Disability Movement (but not recently - obviously!!) Well, I thought it was funny anyway!!

Colin Revell

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28 October 2009

WHO REPRESENTS DISABLED PEOPLE?

DAN/NDI CALLS TIME ON CHARITIES AND GIVES EVERYONE PERMISSION TO SHOOT PUDSEY BEAR!!!

http://www.johnnypops.demon.co.uk/poetry/articles/dan/pr-oct-2003.htm

Colion Revell

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28 October 2009

Crippen looks at what charities are really doing for us:- 'Mix-It' have lost my and NDI support...

What are Mix-it doing performing with Pudsey Bear on Children in Need event in Sunderland when they are suppose to be joining the Disabled Peoples' movement and 'Shooting Pudsey Bear' on the Friday 14th November 09?

http://www.mixitmusic.co.uk/video.php

When are people going to understand the real politics of 'Disabilism' and who are our 'real' oppressors (Charities)!!!

'Rights, Not Charity'

Colin Revell, CEO NeuroDiversity International (NDI) and in personal capacity

Bob Williams-Findlay

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27 October 2009

Sorry, I still find it difficult to take Scope seriously. Lots of water may have passed under the bridge since the late 1960s and early 1970s when I and others were psychologically abused at the Thomas Delarue School. Scope may no longer be hung up by young people's sexuality and send social workers to speak to their parents behind their backs. As yet, I've not seen any attempt to acknowledge their thirty years of social oppression.

Yes, they involve more disabled people, attempt to speak the right language and get into bed with elements of the Disabled People's Movement, but I cannot trust them because they refuse to acknowledge their own past. It isn't that long ago they snuggled up with New Labour at the expense of BCODP; failed to acknowledge that a training package they brought from a non-disabled company was actually written and produced by disabled people. Time to get equal? I feel some of us with CP need, as a first step, time to get even.

Linda Burnip - FaceBook

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27 October 2009

Someone once asked me to let ny son go on CIN won't tell you what I said to them!

Tammy Burton - FaceBook

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27 October 2009

Thank u, Crippen!

Lynn Harrison

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27 October 2009

Great as ever! x

Janet Alexander Tucker

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27 October 2009

Its so true, I thought we'd moved on as a society, but when I became a parent I came up against such patronising and disempowering attitudes. I've seen how this oppression still persists. Charles Dickens would be familiar with the Workhouse mentality!

sanda

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26 October 2009

Indeed. Some "crap" (as the wonderful, late

"Grandpa" Al Lewis used to say in re many things) seems to go around the world, or at least across the Atlantic Ocean.

I would like to recommend a book by a great activist, who died a few years ago. It's a history of disability rights in the US, written by Frieda Zames PhD, with her sister, Doris Zames Fleischer. You can google "Frieda Zames". She was the first disabled student to attend Brooklyn (NYC)College: a polio survivor, using Canadian crutches, (later, a scooter), her mom carrying her books, she'd spent some of her childhood in an institution. She'd do all her school work for the week, in a day, then spend the rest of her time in the library, as a little kid, in an institution. She got a PhD in math and taught in a university until retirement. Frieda Zames was arrested many times in demonstrating and sitting in for wheelchair access and human rights.

The book is on the topic of this Crippen Blog entry:

" The Disability Rights Movement:From Charity to Confrontation", published by

Temple Univ., 2001. Frieda Zames was one of the founders of the political group of activists in NYC: Disabled in Action,

www.disabledinaction.org

Pink pjs

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26 October 2009

Mindlink, national Mind's survivor group has long campaigned through its elected national advisory panel for it to be user-led and has had a great deal of success in dragging national Mind into being an organisation of and not for people experiencing mental distress. Unfortunately, this has yet to be universally translated in terms of the policies and practices of the local Mind associations who deliver front-line services. However, this is set to change, thanks to the work of Shannon O'Neill, former Mindlink co-ordinator, and that of many other unpaid NAP members past and present, such as Becky Derham, Shaun Johnson, Tina Coldham, Mary Nettle, Gwen Marichi, Kay Sheldon and other survivor activists such as Liz Main, Diane Hackney, Cully Downer, Pete Shaughnessy and many others. However, for other organisations it still seems like lip-service. But, I have to admit that the government's National Service Framework for mental health did help as it clearly stated that all mental health organisations should put users/survivors at the centre of what they do. This required consultation, unfortunately, didn't require power-sharing or, in fact, anyone to take any notice of us!

We don't give up our fight for autonomy and our right to 'take over the asylum'!

BendyGirl

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26 October 2009

Woot woot! I wanted to stand up and cheer when I read this, nice one Crippen!

Marisha Bonar

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26 October 2009

As always.....FANTASTIC Cartoon!!!!!!

Thank you Crippen disabled Cartoonist,

YES, Rights.....No charity,

PISS ON PITY!!!!!!!!!!!

Marisha =^.^=