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2012 – The London Paralympics

21/09/2015

29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to promote the games, led to a focus on disability sport like never before. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Yes, we probably Read More

2010 – Wikileaks

07/09/2015

25 July 2010 – The Internet… Sensitive documents have always been leaked. Sometimes these come from “whistle blowers”, unhappy at the way institutions or government departments have acted. Sometimes these can be deliberately managed by institutions to try to control the media narrative or support their cause. Social media and mass use of the internet, Read More

2001 – September 11

06/07/2015

11 September 2001 – New York, Arlington, VA, Shanksville, PA The terrorist attacks on “9/11” were horrific. The sheer scale of the damage, the cultural significance of the targets, and the fact that this exposed the vulnerability of “the most powerful nation on Earth” made most of the Western world uneasy. Whatever the geopolitical position Read More

1988 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

06/04/2015

13 May 1988 – Geneva Poliomyelitis is, sadly, still with us. But since 1988, global action on the disease has reduced the number of cases from an estimated 350,000 to just 445 in 2013.1 This is pretty remarkable for a disease that only reached epidemic proportions in the twentieth century, and with a vaccine that Read More

War and disability – recent talk

22/09/2014

On 19th September, I gave a talk as part of the LSHTM Archives and Library‘s Improving Health in Wartime exhibition. This was a joint seminar with the Centre for History in Public Health, and the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.

“The Civilian Disabled”: War and its role in the disability rights movement


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Beyond the Barriers – New Spartacus Report

09/04/2014

The Spartacus group, which produced Responsible Reform, has just published its latest report on the Employment and Support Allowance. Beyond the Barriers has taken evidence from around Europe, the results of the government’s own enquiries and some primary research of its own to produce a highly critical report. It suggests alternatives to the controversial Work Read More

Co-operation or conflict – how best to tackle injustice?

07/04/2014

A few weeks ago, I came across a statement from a disability organisation, furious about cuts to the Independent Living Fund. The Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) coalition appears to have gained quite a lot of traction in recent years through social media. But its tone has always worried and fascinated me in equal Read More

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