Crippen's slant on Disabled Pride / 23 September 2009
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 our aims and objectives.
Although some of these organisations have now started to include Disabled people on their management teams, there’s still a long way to go before all of these groups ‘for’ become groups ’of’ Disabled people and begin to truly represent us. Unfortunately, many of these groups ‘for’ are still wasting much of their resources on maintaining the status quo and are doing little to support us in our fight for Civil Rights.
Perhaps things could start to change if people, rather than just putting their money in the tins being rattled by disability groups, asked the question: “How many Disabled people are involved in the running of your organisation, and in what capacity?”.
World Wide movement
As well as regular contact with our friends in the States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, some of the emails I’ve received recently have been from Disabled people in Pakistan, India, Iraque, Afganistan, and Jordan. They are only just beginning to gain a voice in their own countries and have started to reach out to us here in the West to share our experiences of the fight for Civil Rights.
I’m starting to post links to some of these organisations on Facebook so if you’re a member and a friend of Crippen, please get in touch with them and offer your support. If you’re not yet a Facebook member, I recommend that you join and become a ‘friend’ of Crippen Disabled cartoonist. I’ll add you in and make sure that you’re kept up to speed with news and events.
Away from home
As some of you will be aware, I’m away from my home computer at the moment and relying on the use of Internet cafes and friends laptops to keep up to date with events and to post to my blog and other sites that I contribute to. It’s been great meeting up with old friends in the UK (although I’ve not been able to see everyone sadly) and if it wasn’t for the sun in Spain you know I’d be here braving the wet and cold with you all!
Disability Arts on Line (DAO)
Thanks to all you guys who have been logging on to this blog and other parts of the DAO site. It’s been fantastic to watch our figures grow as more of you become members and sign up to receive our newsletter. When you do visit, don’t be afraid to leave a comment on any of the blogs, etc. Even if it’s just to say hi!
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