Tag Archives: disability history

No longer waiting for a miracle

In February I posted a blog which stemmed from a news story on a 16-year-old’s brush with the benefits system. Edward Bright, who lost his limbs in early childhood due to meningitis, received a letter insisting he is reassessed regarding … Continue reading

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Yet more cuts for the disabled!

So in response to poor ticket sales, Paralympic events in Rio are being cut right back. Clearly the Brazilian population hasn’t got swept up in the thrill of Disabled athletics like we have been here in the UK, and are … Continue reading

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‘Danger: handicapped children!’

I knew 2016 was going to be a strange, difficult year, looking back 20 years to Jen’s death. Here’s a strange thought: What would I have looked back to 20 years ago? In 1996, my memory would have gone back … Continue reading

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Education, education… repetition

Low expectations for disabled kids Over the weekend I’ve been working my way through the remaining boxes put in the cupboard under the stairs when we moved house almost 18 months ago. And so I came across a scrap book … Continue reading

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Waiting for a miracle?

The strange logic of annual benefit assessments for the disabled The last few days saw the story of a 16-year-old’s brush with the benefits system. Edward Bright, who lost his limbs in early childhood due to meningitis, received a letter … Continue reading

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Philately will get you nowhere

The ‘Spastics Society’ first day covers I recently came across a hoard of 16 charity first day covers dating from the 1970s to the ’90s. If you’ve never heard of these, you might find the idea rather quaint. It’s an … Continue reading

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The girl in the chair

Single YouTube episode of early ’70s ground-breaking TV Let’s pick up from where we left off in the last blog – the lack of positive role models for disabled kids growing up in the 1970s and my aversion to Colin, … Continue reading

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