A week ago, a 14-year-old ‘stand-up’ comic with cerebral palsy took to the stage in what has to be one of the most impressive performances ever seen on the reality talent show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Although the series has only just begun, Jack Carroll is already tipped to be its winner. Such a victory… Read more »
Latvian Disability Allowance – Coming in from the cold?
The Welfare Ministry of Latvia recently proposed to raise disability benefits from 2014. In a country which is currently blighted (as with the rest of Europe) by economic hardship and which must endure extreme annual winter weather conditions, such an announcement must give some relief to the Latvian disabled community. However, even a brief analysis… Read more »
Living in a different world – The hate crime that time forgot
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog highlighting a project by the Taking Flight Theatre Company and Disability Wales. They launched a production designed to educate the public about the sinister issue of disability hate crime. As if to underline the seriousness of this growing phenomenon, a recently published independent report has revealed that… Read more »
Famous People with Disabilities – Where are the disabled ‘A’-listers?
We all need role models. Children look up to any number of famous icons. They may be premiership football players, NBA basket ball champions or international pop stars. There seems to be no shortage of celebrities competing for our adulation. But what about disabled people? Who can we idolise? Is there anyone out there… Read more »
“Disabled children should be put down” – the true cost of ignorance.
The recent exposure of local councillor, Colin Brewer, who told charity workers that disabled children should be put down as they “cost the council too much money” caused understandable outrage a couple of weeks ago. But are Brewer’s comments really so shocking? After all, we already live in a society which permits euthanasia and… Read more »