My latest article for the Huffington Post;
On the final day of protests against government contracted ATOS Healthcare and the Department of Work and Pensions, many people have come together to declare their unhappiness at the current proposals around benefits for the disabled.
People who are completely anti-cuts, fighting for their own or someone else’s rights as a disabled person, or demonstrating ‘solidarity’ alongside others, have gathered to demonstrate their growing unhappiness at the treatment of disabled people.
The Paraolympics provides a strong platform for demonstrating a need to readdress proposed government cuts to disability benefits as well as a review of the current system employed by ATOS in measuring fitness to work.
The flip side of the paraolympics, a festival of determination, heroic and athletic feats, is the growing negative representation of disabled people in Britain.
Around two thirds of disabled people have been subjected to abuse, including physical attacks and name… [read more]