Non-partisan UK-based Disability campaign. Advocacy for people with invisible illness and/or physical & mental health conditions. Also Carers, their Families and Friends.
Our individual voices are too quiet to be heard, but collectively we can shout loud enough to drown out this tide of abuse against us. Disability Hate Crime, lack of full legal protection, people in care homes costing too much to be let out and not one political party willing to fight for us.
The aims of the organization are to provide a transparent and non-partisan representative voice for disabled people in the face of welfare reform, and negative coverage of the disabled as ‘scroungers’ in what seems to be a campaign against us. Political parties should be formulating policies to convince us to vote for them, not targeting us to please a fictional Middle Britain. Yet there is no unified voice for disabled people preaching this message – and many of the big disability charities are felt to be working contrary to the interests of the people they are supposed to represent.
We need to stop acquiescing to the portrayal of us as weak and helpless. Yes, we are disabled, and there are circumstances where we are open to physical harm. But there are 11 million disabled people in Britain: as a voting-block, we are capable of making or breaking a Government. We see it as our mission to remind society not just that disabled people exist, but that we have rights which must be respected. Rights which may seem unimportant to the not yet disabled, but rights which will at some time be vital to you or your family. We are not allied to any political faction or other interest, but we will use the political process, the media, and any other tools available to fight for disability rights.
The Coalition Government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats with their draconian welfare reforms are taking advantage of our perceived weakness, just as Labour did before them. We need to rally under one banner and show them that they face a real challenge. We also need solidarity – we are reminding people not to ignore injustice just because it won’t at present affect you personally. It is in the interests of DLA claimants, ESA claimants, and all other disabled and not yet disabled people, to fight in support of each other.