Disability Hate Murder Sentences Doubled

Murders fuelled by disability hate will now get sentenced to up to 30 years.  Along with those against transgendered people, it now brings it into line with other hate murders. I welcome any change that takes crimes against  disabled people seriously,  I still worry that less serious hate crime  is being ignored, and in some cases endorsed.

Most disabled people won’t get murdered, but less serious hate crimes and incidents  are commonplace, and very few people will escape it completely.  Being screamed at in the street, some types of discrimination, and threats among others can all count.  Try reporting these though and you don’t always  get the response you deserve.  I have heard of many situations where blamedon the victims, along the lines that they misunderstood the situation, and are somehowin need of protection, and not able to cope.  Whilst additional support would genuinely help some, it is very wrong to ‘blame’ the victim, and excuse the criminal.  Support needs to be in place ifor victims, whilst crimesaredealt with appropriately.

We live in difficult times and right now disabled people seem to be the target for society’s anger and frustration.  We are the ‘burden’ the country can’t handle, and it seems like we are to blame for anything from the banking crisis to global warming.  The result is that we have become objects of hate, and hate crime incidents are increasing.  This is not, in my opinion, just happening, in many cases, the ‘gun’ is being loaded by the Government and media, for the general public to fire.  The daily diet  of stories of benefit fraud, and the Government stance of persistent’ relience on state handouts, by those who could work. aimed us, enforce the idea that we are here only to put in our place. There are too many people in this country, only too happy to teach us a lesson.  These hate crimes however are nottaken seriously, we are just expected to accept that they are part of our life.

I repeat any progress is welcome, but all hate crime must be taken, and dealt with seriously.  Above all the Government and media must stop fuelling the hate, and must play their part in stopping it.  Fiona Pilkington and her daughter did not die as a result of hate murder, however their deaths were as a result of hate crime. Further the authorities failed them, neglected their duty. It must never be  allowed to happen again, but it will, many times, if it hasn’t already, unless all hate incidents/crime, and the effects on victims  are taken seriously.

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December 11, 2011 at 8:37 am 1 comment

CEA Card

The Cinema Exhibitors Association Card allows qualifying disabled people to have a free ticket for a carer when attending the cinema.  You must be on DLA or AA or registered blind, it costs £5.50 and lasts a year.  You usually have to pay a booking fee for the free ticket.

Ifyou have an ‘obvious’ disability it may be worth checking with your local cinema, some will allow you the free ticket without the CEA Card.  This saves the yearly charge and booking fee.  In all cases the carer does not have to be  a paid carer, it can be anyone going with you, who can support you as needed.

December 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm 1 comment

Crimestoppers joins forces with DWP to tackle Benefit fraud

You can now report suspected benefit fraud via Crimestoppers who are working on a joint campaign with DWP, that will mean everyone sleeps safer in their bed, won’t  it?

Make no mistake, their are very few disabled people who would  not welcome any wellmanaged  campaign to stop fraud, whilst fraud in disability benefits is low, any fraud gives geniune claimants a bad name,  and makes  their lives harder.  I know disabled people who have reported incidents where they have substantial concerns.  I support their right to do this, reporting  wrongdoing  protects the innocent honest claimants.

Whilst I would never suggest that Crimestoppers  does not have a properly managed set up I do worry that this is too easy.  In all honestyand in general terms, disabled people are not very popular, in fact many face regular hate, just because they are disabled. I worry that the ‘shop a claimant’ may become attack a crip.  Its quick and easy, too easy, reporters don’t have to  identify themselves. Benefit fraud is the 3rd most worry causing fraud, not surprising since the public are fed the idea, almost daily that its rife, mostly committed by disabled people.  Unlike them  I will let facts get in the way of a good story.  Fraud when quoted, is often lumped together  with official error, DWP mistakes, despite having the facts.  Fraud in disability benefits is less than one percent.  The decision making process is strict, decision makers usually seek medical advice even if claimants do not get assessed directly by ATOS.   Success at appeal is high suggesting many failed claims are faulty decisions.

Someone accused of fraud faces a strict interview, often under caution, is likely to have benefit suspended, meaning they struggle to survive. They also face the stigma of being accused That would be bad enough for anyone, but ifyou have health issues, the stress could cause illness or even death. It will catch some, but potentially needlessly harm many more.  Hate crime made easy is a step too far  

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December 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm 8 comments

Demonising the Disabled

Disabled people like other minorities have long faced discrimination and hate.  Recently though we have just about reached the point of if its wrong, blame the crips.  We are an easy target, and for many the attacks just keep coming.  (more…)

December 5, 2011 at 8:23 am 2 comments

Lets talk Sex

This survey is from a 3rd year student doing research on disability and sexuality.  Its anonymous, and mostly yes orno type answers.  Do you want to  give  your views?

December 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm 2 comments

Jeremy Clarkson attacks ‘selfish’ suicide victims

Jeremy Clarkson has caused a barrage of complaints for two seperate incidents, the first, suggesting that strikers should be shot, sinane tupidity, the second, which I will discuss here, nothing short of dangerous, as well as grossly insensi (more…)

December 4, 2011 at 11:46 am 7 comments

‘Disabled’ toys do they have a place in your child’s Christmas stocking?

Your child has a disability, so obviously they need toys they identify with, toys that have the same condition as  they do. It would upset them to have ablebodied toys right? (more…)

November 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm 4 comments

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