Tag: history

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

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

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

DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

The absorption of the DDA into the Equalities Act in 2007 represented dilution of legislation which, despite its weaknesses still managed to achieve change, says Peter White. Twenty years ago I presented my first piece for BBC ONE’s prestigious Six O'clock News. It covered the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and for me, … Continue reading DDA: flawed Act still better than the alternative

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

Sue Marsh exclusive… DDA 20 years on… The things people say

Presenter Paul Carter is joined by guests Agnes Fletcher and Mike Shamash who discuss Sue Marsh's reasons for joining the system she's campaigned against. They also look back over twenty years of anti-discrimination legislation and marvel at the things some people feel they have the right to say to disabled people in the street. Producer: … Continue reading Sue Marsh exclusive… DDA 20 years on… The things people say

Party conferences, independent living, and the First World War

Paul Carter and Helen Dolphin discuss the party conferences, the future of the Independent Living Fund, and Disability and the First World war. They are joined by Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against Cuts, Gary Bourlet from People First England, Richard Rieser from UK Disability History Month and Mary Laver who is an ILF user. … Continue reading Party conferences, independent living, and the First World War