Tuesday, 2 November 2010


Now I could be wrong, and I'm very happy to have my opinion disproved but I really feel that tolerance of, and provision for, people with disabilities and their familes and carers, is about to take a big whacking. This is due to current financial constraints. In a time of plenty, everyone is more than happy to empower disabled people and trumpet loudly when an autistic man is manipulated by so-called friends and killed by them, or be horrified when a mother and her disabled dughter die in horrific circumstances in a buirning car after decades of abuse from neighbours and indifference from the police but I wonder how much all this will fade away with the tightened budget now proposed by the current government? DLA mobility removed from those in long-term residential care, for example. Well, I suppose they don't wat to upset the normals do they, with their inconvenient demands to move about in society. Really, shame on the PM, you'd think he'd know!

I'm telling you now, all the advances disabled people have achieved in the last few years are about to fade away, slowly but surely. Fortunately disabled people are often a mouthy lot. They may not be able to get out and about (and for some, that freedom will be constrained still further) but they can use the internet. Over on Twitter @bendygirl is a locus for protest. I urge you to follow her and her #BofB campaign. Let's protect the hard-won rights that disabled people currently (I was going to say enjoy) but really, I mean NEED in order to live their lives in the way they choose.

That is all. Rant over.

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