Disability Awareness Day – why it matters this year, and why it matters for feminists


Hampshire Feminist Collective

This year’s Disability Awareness Day we should be more “aware” then we ever have. In the UK, life for disabled people is getting worse, not easier. I firmly believe that the cuts by the Coalition government really are leaving disabled people the “hardest hit”. Articles like this by Sue Marsh, a wonderful disabled activist and campaigner, put the facts behind the experiences we read and hear from disabled people, and that I hear from my patients as I work as a hospital doctor.

Disabled people are losing out on social, practical and financial support, that many people need, and those who aren’t losing out are jumping through hoops like Atos assessments and tribunals to get it. The number of cases that are initially turned down but are then successful at tribunal is staggering.

I write this both as a doctor who’s heard experiences of disabled patients, and as a person…

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