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Step into the irreverent world of disabled cartoonist Crippen aka Dave Lupton, who has been in the vanguard of disability arts movement for more years than he cares to mention. His work has appeared in mainstream press, on TV and film and is now probably the best Disabled cartoonist in the world!

Crippen looks at the reality of access in Afghanistan

30 September 2009


Crippen cartoon depicting access in war torn Afghanistan

I recently received a message from Fahim Khairy who writes about the conditions for Disabled people in Afghanistan. “In the third world countries, as example in Afghanistan where I came from, the word disability has a very different meaning. People have unlike perceptions about it and always see it in more negative light. “The day when an Afghan is hit by a rocket and falls down bleeding, people will immediately forget that situation and say the person is under God’s...

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Crippen's slant on Disabled Pride

23 September 2009


Crippen's cartoon about Disabled people uniting against the status quo

I recently posted this cartoon on Facebook and received emails from all over the world in support of the message that it contained. It’s not a new concept and I’ve lost count of the cartoons I’ve produced over the past couple of decades with the same message. But it still seems to hit the spot! It seems that many of us Crips still feel oppressed and controlled by the many groups and organisations ‘for’ Disabled people that still exist, and who still insist that they are representing...

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Crippen reminds you of a DAN action in Birmingham

13 September 2009


Crippens cartoon of Birmingham City Cll. Peter Hay getting the message

The Disabled People's Direct Action Network (DAN) is once again taking action against Birmingham City Council (BCC) tomorrow (Monday 14th September) as partly a reaction to the death of a disabled person in the city, but also because, despite his promises, Peter Hay (Director of Health and Social Care) has not followed through with promises he made back in March 09.    BCC promised to work with DAN towards establishing genuine independent living for disabled people in Birmingham after...

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Crippen continues the theme about the current lack of funding …

10 September 2009


Crippen's cartoon of disabled people faced with the Olympic hoops to jump through

Ok, I take the point from Richard Downes (last blog comments) that by only blaming the 2012 Olympics for the current lack of funding is being a bit simplistic, but I still hold to the belief that this huge white elephant is doing more damage in this area than all of the effects of the current recession combined. So here’s another cartoon along the same theme (sorry Richard!). As part of Richard’s response however, he’s come up with an interesting idea. How about setting up our own...

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Crippen looks at the current disability arts funding crisis (again!)

4 September 2009


Crippen's cartoon portraying the government getting disabled people to fight each other for their funding

I’m hearing from groups and organisations of Disabled people who are continuing to have problems with fund raising. Some of this funding relates to events, performances and exhibitions that are being planned, whilst other funding is actually needed to keep these organisations running. We’ve already lost two of the biggest Disability Arts Forums due to a lack of available funding and it now looks as though many other smaller groups and organisations are considering closing down. The problem...

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