Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) was formed by a group of disabled people after the first mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people held on the 3rd October in Birmingham, England. It was led by disabled people under the name of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest.

DPAC is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives.

The austerity measures however need to be seen in a wider historical context. Disabled people are an easy target because society has accepted the view that generally speaking disabled people are unable to fully participate within society due solely to our impairments. This view, supported through negative and pejorative stereotyping, distorts who we are and the causes of the disabling barriers we face.  Inappropriate and misleading labels such as “the disabled” or “vulnerable adults or children” reinforce prejudices and discrimination.

Disabled people are not “the disabled” – we are a diverse social group of people with a variety of impairments who continue to face unequal and differential treatment resulting from systems, structures and cultures which fail to take disabled people into account.  Disabled people are not, therefore, simply subjected to disablist language and imagery but also to combined forms of inequality and oppressive representation across the equality strands.

Hence:

DPAC acknowledges there will be allies who will not share [all of] our views nevertheless we request that consideration is given to how they portray disabled people and our issues in the language and imagery they employ.

5 Responses to “DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS POLICY STATEMENT”

  1. Robert Says:

    Yes I’d say that is about it, but also we demanded to have equality which New labour and the Tories have used.

    I’m disabled but I can work if given the right help, my disability adviser stated what type of work would you want to do, she said the best way to look at this, what would your best job be, I said working for NASA, she said OK i will look, after an hour of waiting she said they have no jobs in that retail area, I said what nobody opening a shop on the moon then, she was actually looking at NASA being a shop.

    I then was given a warning about my taking this serious, yet she asked me about my dream job.

    I was then asked what did I think I could do, my answer is I’ve no idea what so ever.

    So ten years on 1005 job applications and three replies I was told that the job center would be sending me out to a new group who had better communications with employers, the Shaw trust, the first thing they asked me was about my dream job, I said well why not go along with it, I said to this nineteen year old NASA, OK she said I will look.

    I was then told my out look on disability is one of being stupid, but how stupid is it to ask somebody about his/her dream job.

    In the end the Shaw Trust did as all these private so called charities do, they logged on to the Job center computer and came up with three jobs I had to go for, window cleaning, in a wheelchair, Taxi driving using my motability car which was rejected, and of course the best yet bricklaying from a wheelchair. The Shaw trust drooped me two week later saying I was to disabled to help, I was transfered to Remploy, the young lady asked me what was your dream job, I left…….

    • Andria Says:

      Yeh thanks for this Robert. A lot of able-bodied people really seem to have no brains or very few indeed…..

      What can we do??

      Mind you, it has got me thinking: my dream job would earn me about £50/hour. Could I earn that anywhere but a corp? I have an MSc in Social Policy from the LSE!
      All answers welcomed

      So glad you educated us with this stuff Robert- now I know what not to do and that my instincts have always been right. Keep well away from these fantasists and insensitives

  2. pipla Says:

    good luck getting to the moon; probably a lot safer there for now xxx

  3. jill Says:

    good luck for al the warenss of those making the time to make a stand my soul will be with you all if in body

  4. ajaj Says:

    it is important to make selfdependent to a disabled person.


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