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I think we may be making our point

I’m feeling a little bit reflective today, I starteed thinking about just where the rights fight is. The journey towards true equality is long, those fighting today are probably not going tosee it end.  What we are definitely seeing is a change.  Its slow, relatively small, and we have to keep fighting,but its there. 

Some national newspapers are starting to write positive stories about us, not the usual ahh factor stuff, but articles that question why we are being treated as we are, and give us a voice.  Its not a straight run, there are still  negative stories too many,  and some are unlikely to change their stance in a hurry, but as themedia tide turn gathers momentum,then their view will become more and more out of step, and hopefully noticed as such.  

Grassroots activists people who have quietly fought the fight for years are suddenly being noticed,and asked their views.  Its less of asking organisations what disabled people think, more of communicating with disabled people directly.  Ordinary activists, yes we are real people, are being   listened to, quoted, and having their views placed in the public domain.  We have been shouting for  years, now at last we are starting to be heard.

There are still those  who want to stop us, there always will be, its the nature of the  fight. On the bright side it means we are having an effect, making a difference.  If not, it wouldn’t be worth the effort of hindering us.  They can keep trying, but we will keep fighting. We know it happens because at the time of campaigns, the same  things happen to many, too many to be random.

We have the first glimpses of a real opportunity to drive change, the very first chink of light at the end of what is still a very long tunnel. The fight is not over, but now it has truely started, we cannot waste our best chance yet to win our rights,  Our fight goes on, Solidartity!

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December 13, 2011 at 11:13 am 3 comments

To crip or not to crip

Most people who know me are used to me  self identifying as a crip, a spaz or a spacker on a regular basis.  This week however I went met someone who before I could use the word told me she hated similar words. She had good reason, such words  are often used against a younger relative of hers.  In that situation I wouldn’t  use such words as I don’t set  out to cause offence.

However, afterwards I pondered, apart from the fact that not  being able to choose what I call myself, when I see her, not feeling quite right.  I also wondered how she would feel if I offered her the tools to help her family member fight back, in ways that shouldn’t him in trouble, as the things he does now do.

Reclaim the words, and wear the labels  with pride, is what many people do.  Calling yourself names, or using  words once used against you, takes the ‘harm’ out of them, and makes the insults much less effective.

I’m still pondering, I don’t want to cause my new friend any offence, but I don’t wantto not feel like me when I talk to  her.  I also would like to share with her ways of empowering her family member. What would you do?

November 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm 4 comments

About me, and what this blog offers

You will probably know me better as Crimsoncrip. In real life I’m Debbie, 46, have CP from birth, and newly diagnosed, but probably longstanding complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have several years experience of benefits advising, advocacy, and what I call professional troublemaking, more properly our fight for rights.

The Blog

Its new and developing so it may alter as I see what readers like most, but it won’t just be my opinions as Crimsoncrip mainly was. At this stage I’m planning:-

News stories and hot topics; My take on the disability issues that matter.

Debs Diary: Glimpses into my life as a crip, and info about the blog and me

Campaigns and Events; Details of campaigns and events that promote the rights fight.

Information; Details of organisations, services or other stuff you might find useful.

Guest Blogs; Posts from other disability blogs.

If you have something, a topic, blog piece, information or campaign you want considered for inclusion let me know. Email debondisability@yahoo.co.uk, DM me on twitter, @Debbiegeorge65 message Debbie George on facebook, or leave a comment on any post on the blog. Inclusion will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. Please make sure you leave details of how I can contact you, in case I need to check something. Only items you own, have permission to use, where ownership can be checked, or those in the public domain will be used. Ownership will be credited where known, and may be checked.

If you want to share anything posted on here you may do so, as long as its credited or identified appropriately.

Contact me as above if you have a question or want a chat.

November 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment


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