Tag: charity

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

Parental pride in not being normal

Parental pride in not being normal

Disabled children should be praised for their difference and not congratulated on their apparent normality, says disabled mother Jane Renton. Normal has always been a synonym for acceptable, and so it is when your disabled children don’t look disabled. Complete strangers feel entitled to remark that children are lucky to appear normal. It’s not just … Continue reading Parental pride in not being normal