We must not allow ourselves to become sidelined

I suppose one of the better things about recent political matters, if I can look briefly on the bright side, is that disabled people are at last being spoken about. Before the budget, we were a side issue, rarely considered in the mainstream. The fleeting glow we enjoyed in 2012 quickly faded away, and people with disabilities once again became sidelined. We still don’t get the media representation we need if we are ever to be seen as equal, productive members of society. There is the odd exception, of course – lost voice guy, the Last Leg etc – but what little representation we have is still heavily reliant on stereotype. At least the recent political furore has brought people with disabilities front and centre, albeit for entirely the wrong reasons: Osbourne’s budget unambiguously persecuted us; it cut the benefit we need to survive to fund a tax cut for the rich. It was an unfair, inhumane attack, and it got the media attention it deserved. I suppose we should be thankful it did – we could have easily been sidelined once again, and had we been, we could have expected more, even deeper cuts. If it was the negative media attention which forced the tories to rethink, then the lesson is clear: the more crips there are in the public eye, the better. We must remain in the public view – on tv, in film, in theatre, wherever as active, productive members of society deserving of it’s support. We must not allow ourselves to become sidelined; the moment we do so, we become easy pickings for tory cuts.

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