Category: Rights

DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

A new initiative for funding academic research seeks to tap directly into the lives and experiences of disabled people, says Ruth Patrick. Members of the disabled people’s movement have long campaigned under the banner of ‘nothing about us without us’. This powerful and simple slogan speaks to disabled people’s desire for self-determination and for a … Continue reading DRILL: funding the future of disability studies

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

Rights remain aspiration not reality

Looking back on 30 years of campaigning and activism, Andy Rickell says our rights are still too often granted at the whim of governments rather than being a given. One of the disabled people’s movement’s early slogans was “rights not charity”. The parliamentary campaign of the early 1990s that forced defeat on the Major government … Continue reading Rights remain aspiration not reality

Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Dr Lin Berwick has high support needs, which up till now have been met by the use of 24/7 home care. But following the introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year she’s been alarmed to discover that her care package is unravelling. Let me make it absolutely clear, I have always tried … Continue reading Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

While Andy Rickell praises the principled stance of one politician, he still fears the law of unintended consequences when it comes to residential care. Rarely will you hear me praise any politician because rarely do they stick their neck out for a policy that would truly improve disability equality. So step forward Norman Lamb MP, … Continue reading Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse