Tag: disability 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

The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

In the latest conversation in our Head-To-Head podcast series, Ian Macrae meets Baroness Campbell of Surbiton. She talks about her suburban childhood and poor early schooling, the death of her first husband and its impact on her disability politics, her hopes for Teresa May's government and how members of the House of Lords react to … Continue reading The Download Head to Head: Baroness Jane Campbell

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

For a short while Ian Macrae entertained the hope that a departmental move might change ministerial attitudes, responsibility and emphasis. There was a brief moment in the breathless days after Theresa May’s accession to the UK premiership when it looked as though a Minister for Disabled People might not have been appointed. Several options were … Continue reading Ministerial move would bring focus on rights

The Download: PAs, inspiration and disability arts

Guests Lisa Egan, David Hevey and Michael McGrath join presenter Paul Carter to discuss problems with paying PAs redundancy, the recently launched National Disability Arts Collection and Archive celebrating the battle for disability rights and why some people positively want to inspire others. Producer Ian Macrae http://traffic.libsyn.com/disabilitynowthedownload/The_Download_July_2016.mp3 Download the audio The Download July 2016 transcript

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

“Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people

As a founder member of the UK disabled people’s independent living movement, John Evans finds nothing to celebrate in the result of the EU referendum. 23 June 2016 will not go down for disabled people in the UK as "Independence Day", as coined by Nigel Farage. In fact, it will go down as the blackest … Continue reading “Dismay, horror and heartbreak” over where “Leave” leaves disabled people