Author: mike oliver

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

It’s a lack of enforcement which has left attitudes towards disabled people pretty much unchanged, argues Professor Mike Oliver, and initiatives such as the Government’s Disability Confident can never be more than a busted flush. Since the Second World War the implementation of disability policy has been shaped by a tension between persuasion and enforcement. … Continue reading Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

Health care and social care: the great divide

In confronting a problem which has existed since the creation of the NHS in the 1940s, Professor Mike Oliver comes up with a radical solution for dealing with resultant inequity. Recently I switched my support package from the local social services department to the local health authority and succeeded in crossing the great divide from … Continue reading Health care and social care: the great divide

Past lessons for future voices

Past lessons for future voices

As a nascent umbrella organisation of disabled people takes its first steps to being our voice, Mike Oliver reflects on what the future needs to learn from the past. A recent conference organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) highlighted the need for a new national umbrella organisation suggesting that the United Kingdom Disabled … Continue reading Past lessons for future voices

Lost voices and collective silence

History teaches us the importance of speaking up for ourselves individually and collectively says Professor Mike Oliver. I was a founder member of the Spinal Injuries Association in 1974 and I have been a member ever since, proud to support an organisation which has always been led by people with spinal cord injuries. The organisation … Continue reading Lost voices and collective silence

Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle

Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle

Recent discussions of so-called 'three parent babies' prompts Mike Oliver to warn us to learn the lessons of history and guard against the relentless and potentially menacing march of science. The UK is likely to become the first country to allow the creation of babies from three people. Following a free vote in the House … Continue reading Letting the genetic genie out of the bottle

Desperation and the politics of self-interest

Desperation and the politics of self-interest

Events surrounding the Scottish independence referendum teach us how those in power become scared for their survival and what disabled people need to do in order to get politicians to take notice of us, says Mike Oliver. The recent political goings-on in respect of Scotland's independence reminded me very much of disability politics in the … Continue reading Desperation and the politics of self-interest