Crippen looks at the proposal to introduce ID cards for disabled people / 8 November 2009
Identity cards for Disabled people with hidden impairments are being tried out in Nottinghamshire. If successful, the idea is to launch the scheme nationwide.
There are some obvious advantages for those of us with hidden impairments who have to jump through a different hoop with each gatekeeper that we come up against; but I have a 'thin end of the wedge' feeling about this latest venture.
The current anti-terrorist legislation has allowed this government to 'chip' our passports so that they now have a more complete record of not only where we've travelled, but also where our passport (and by definition its owner) is located at any one time.
The passport chip is also a transmitter! I can see them adding a similiar device to these new ID cards in order to identify those disabled people who take part in protests against our inaccessible society.
It wasn't all that long ago that we were made to carry identification in order that we could beg in the streets. We need to be going forward, not repeating history surely?!
Our disabled sister Crimson Crip also has something to say about it on her blog.
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