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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!

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10 April 2008

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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.

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Hola Dolly

10 April 2008

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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.

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Thursday, April 10th 2008

10 April 2008

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abled cartoon

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...

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Clearer Image

28 April 2008

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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).

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Sex!

28 April 2008

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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’...

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Monday, April 28th 2008

28 April 2008

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Disabled cartoon

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...

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Friday, May 2nd 2008

2 May 2008

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amputee cartoon

May already. Where does the time go? Only seemed like last week that we were deciding what to do for christmas! It's supposed to mean a sign of aging when time starts to resemble a runaway train doesn't it? Ah well. Legless - As I've probably mentioned, a lot of my work gets used by fellow crips as part of their work as Disability Equality trainers. Having shared some of these cartoons with you in the past, I thought you might enjoy seeing another one that takes a dig at those...

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Human Rights

5 May 2008

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Bet you didn't know that the United Nations (UN) Convention, adopted by the UN’s General Assembly back in 2006, came into effect a couple of days ago on the third of May. The Convention’s aims are to safeguard the human rights of Disabled people around the world and have now been ratified by some 20 member states, including the UK. Slowly but surely eh folks!

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Frustrating

5 May 2008

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beanstalk cartoon

Our old mate Jack Ashley is still plugging away at getting his Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill through the necessary readings in the House of Commons. The Bill was passed by the Lords last April and then introduced to the Commons by Roger Berry MP. It then failed after its second reading due to lack of Parliamentary time. I know that Jack found this extremely frustrating (to say the least!) and felt that the process was just being abused in order to block the Bill. He’s now going...

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Joint Research

12 May 2008

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The charity Comic Relief and the government department for social care have just announced that they are starting a joint research initiative to investigate the dignity and safety of older people in the care system. Perhaps they should start with the House of Lords?!

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Sue Maynard

12 May 2008

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I've just heard that Sue Maynard is currently in intensive care in her home town of Wakefield and is extremely poorly. Sue, a disabled solicitor and MD of Equal Ability has been at the forfront of the Disability Rights campaign before most of us had even heard of the Social Model. I'm sure you'll all join with me in sending her and her family our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Access

19 May 2008

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Don't forget. if you want to see a larger image and get a written description for use by your text recognition software, then just click on the cartoon and it will change for you.

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Rubber stamped

12 May 2008

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olderpeers cartoon

Not everything pro-disability gets rubber stamped by the House of Lords. Take last year, for example, when they ruled that older and disabled people placed in independent care homes by local authorities were not covered by the Human Rights Act. As you’re probably aware, the Human Rights Act includes duties that protect a person’s right to be treated with dignity, have their personal integrity respected, and enjoy privacy and family life. The government’s next move is to look at how it can...

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Sad news

19 May 2008

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I’ve just received the very sad news that Disabled Solicitor and Disability Rights advocate Sue Maynard (Campbell) has died. Most of you will know that she had been in intensive care since the end of March following a cardiac arrest. Our thoughts go to her family and colleagues and to her many friends in the Disabled people’s movement around the world. Sue was one of the unsung heroines of the disabled people’s movement. She was a leading light in the Association of Disabled...

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Respect

23 May 2008

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Here’s your chance folks, and right on the tail of this week's cartoon (they make it too easy for me don’t they!). The human rights watchdog is calling on Disabled people to tell them ‘if they haven't been treated with dignity and respect by public bodies’. Apparently the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wants to compile an accurate picture of how the Human Rights Act is working and how it can be improved. So, all you have to do is to go on their site and fill in one of their...

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Non human?!

19 May 2008

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non-humans cartoon

It’s official, according to the UK Government, Disabled people are not really Human! Some of you will probably have seen a copy of the press statement put out by the United Nations Convention Campaign Coalition (UNCCC) referring to the apparent reversal by Gordon Brown’s Government regarding the UK’s involvement with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The UNCCC is a coalition of 22 Disabled people’s and disability organisations campaigning to ensure...

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Mine field

26 May 2008

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minefields cartoon

Those of you who’ve read my e-books will know that I’m not backward in coming forward when it comes to lambasting this Government with regard to its continued involvement in the American Iraq war … oops, sorry, the free world’s war against terrorism! (Phew, nearly had those men in raincoats who mutter into their sleeve round again!). We now hear that the Ministry of Defence has announced extra funding for their medical center at Headley Court, which provides treatment for troops who...

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Communication

4 June 2008

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arrow cartoon

And it’s good to see that the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) is still alive and kicking. It all went a bit quiet after Alan Holdsworth (Aka Johnny Crescendo) departed for the States a few years ago. My sources tell me that about 25 Disability activists and their PA’s entered the foyer of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) building and demanded to meet James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary. This was in a protest against ‘the use of negative propaganda...

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Told you so!

9 June 2008

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has estimated that for every million pounds spent on the Pathways to work programme, which has now been rolled out across Great Britain, £1.5 million is returned through reduced benefits and increased tax contributions.

OK everyone, after me … Told you so! Told you so!!

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The blues

16 June 2008

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blue badge cartoon

According to the daily Torygraph Disabled people are selling their blue badges on e-bay for as much as 5,000 pounds. Apparently in London, the badges exempt motorists from the capital's congestion charge, a concession worth about £2,000 on its own, before parking is taken into account. In another article they also claim that: ‘up to 700,000 motorists are fraudulently using disabled badges to obtain parking privileges all over Britain – this is according to evidence presented to the...

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Explorer

20 June 2008

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explorer cartoon

I’ve had several emails recently saying that some of you have been having problems accessing this blog through Internet Explorer. We’ve not been the only site that’s been effected though, as Internet Explorer generally has been hanging, freezing, failing to find web pages, failing to log on to email accounts, etc., amongst other problems. Interestingly, this problem only occurs if you’re also running Skype on your computer. Well, it seems that it’s all to do with a little critter...

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Wednesday, December 19th 2007

19 December 2007

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Specimen cartoon

You'll find the following cartoon on the science blog that has been started on this web site. Our Editor Colin asked me for a contribution and this was it. It's quite an interesting blog to read if you get the time with contributions coming in from academic crips and scientists alike. It'll be worth watching as things develope in this area.

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Damn nation

11 July 2008

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Crippen dyke cartoon

You’ll remember that the government provoked uproar among Disabled people last year when it announced that it would be introducing a single equality duty in place of the disability equality duty (DED). This new bill, according to the blurb sent out about it is designed to strengthen existing laws and bring nine separate anti-discrimination laws, including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), into a single piece of legislation. The DDA was admittedly not the best piece of disability...

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Rough Justice

4 July 2008

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Crippen justice cartoon

Three men who repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on a Disabled man over a £5 bet to see who could knock him out first, have won reductions in their minimum sentences at the Court of Appeal. William Hughes, 22, Marcus Miller, 16, and Stephen Bonallie, 17, were sentenced to minimum prison terms of between 15 and 22 years after killing Brent Martin, 23, on Sunderland’s Town End Farm estate in August of last year. After the attack, the men posed for pictures and left Brent dying...

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Happy new Year

31 December 2007

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Crippen Happy New Year cartoon – Christmas Holiday 2007

Happy New year! May next year be as eventful as this one and you get all that you deserve (you never know, someone might treat you to one of my cartoon books!). See you all again next year, with a slightly different format ...

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