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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.

Keywords: direct action network (dan),disabled people's movement,politics,

Comments

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt

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15 November 2009

The thin end of the wedge indeed. Why not just chip us all like animals? Crips with chips!

jon pratty

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14 November 2009

Sanda

Oh well, that didn't work: the image isn't showing, so I'll have a look at how we can help you post images here.

Jon Pratty

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14 November 2009

Hi Sanda - if you want to put an image in the comment box that is already online, just right click with your mouse button, and you'll see a small box opens on your screen. One of the options you will see is titled 'copy image URL'. If you click that tab, then go to the 'add an image' field below, then hit CtrL+ V on your keyboard, you'll paste the copied image url onto the comment. In theory. I'll try it myself!

Jon P, manager, dao.

Crippen

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14 November 2009

I'll give our techy people a nudge Sanda re the add image and get them to contact you :-)

sanda

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12 November 2009

Pink pjs is "on the mark" once again. I'm sad to add that in NYC one can be tasered by the NY Police Dept. if one has a mental disability and several individuals have been wantonly killed. (Official procedures require special units be called....)

For a whole website about police brutality in the US, see www.october22.org The website of the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality.

I forgot to say (CFS/ME is the ps disease; I named it)- I like the cartoon.

Is there a link for a tech-clutz and someone learning slowly to learn now to "Add an Image", which the form for comment offers? (I'm not proud, chuckle.)

sanda

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12 November 2009

Hi. I went to the "sister" link, being a sister. I think ID cards for disabled people is stereotyping and segregation.

I wear a Medic Alert emblem on a bracelet that lists my medical conditions and emergency numbers to call, if I am unconscious or unable to communicate (due to accident, etc).

Who will decide who gets a card? Will every person who has diabetes, takes meds for anything from heart to prostate ....

have to carry a card? Well, England has led the way for the US, especially NYC in having those darn cameras lurking all over the place "watching" the public...

Pink pjs

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8 November 2009

Us mad folk don't generally need id cards as if ever we're distressed or in hospital etc. police, nursing staff already treat us in ways They think are 'appropriate' i.e. sectioning us on 136, cuffing us, throwing us into police cells... or, in hospitals, calling usually contract bully boy security to watch our every move... after all... even though we're 6 times more likely to be victims of violence than others... in the words of a hospital security guard: "you are mental and capable of anything!"

Id cards wouldn't be helpful... they'll be wanting us to wear badges or arm bands next???

MARY MARSHALL FOWLER

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8 November 2009

In the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, (CALIFORNIA, USA) THE ONLY ID CARD WE HAVE IS THE "REGIONAL TRANSIT CONNECTION" CARD WHICH HAS A PHOTO AND SPACES FOR THE MONTHLY PASS STICKERS. AND THEY ARE TRANSITIONING TO A CARD WITH A CHIP WHICH CAN BE USED WITH SEVERAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES... BUSES, RAPID TRANSIT, ETC.

AND, A PERSON WITH A MOBILITY RELATED DISABILITY CAN GET A "HANDICAPPED" PLACARD FOR THE VEHICLE THEY RIDE OR DRIVE IN. I WORKED WITH A GUY WHO HAD THE SEVERE FORM OF ARTHRITIS WHO USED THAT PLACARD. SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE PARKED IN A "HANDICAPPED" SPACE.

Ian Malcolm-Walker

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8 November 2009

I prefer non-apparent to hidden

hidden implies we hide them non-apparent means they cannot see them