Crippen looks at patronisation of Disabled people / 7 January 2010
Hi folks. I'm starting 2010 as I mean to go on; gloves off and more in your face then ever before!
And my first question for this decade is: 'How much longer do we have to beat our heads against the wall of discrimination that exists in the UK?'
I don't know about you but I'm getting pretty pissed off about the lack of any real progress regarding public perception of us crips and our role in society. It's still mainly those over paid non-disabled parasites who run those big organisations that have been set up to represent us (but without including us in their management) who are perpetuating the 'Tiny Tim' image that society has of us. Let's face it, it's in their interest to preserve the status quo of disability as without it, they'd all be out of a job. It's also in the interests of the various government departments that control our finances, job prospects, etc to let these sanatised organisations continue to represent us. Imagine what could happen if they opted to speak to real Disabled people? It might mean them having to get off their fat-cat arses and start to address some of the real issues that exist for us!
And I also predict that you're going to see more Disabled people out on the streets protesting in the UK this year. Led by such organisations as the Direct Action Network (DAN) and some of the other larger groups of Disabled people, we'll be making our voices heard like never before.
So, fellow crips and non-disabled allies alike, prepare yourselves. It's going to be a lively year!
Keywords: charities,direct action network (dan),disabled people's movement,politics,social model,subversion,