That’s a burglar alarm after you’ve typed in the code when you come home.

disabledYou also sometimes need to disable a firewall or an antivirus programme when you want to install some software. If you have an evil streak, you may consider disabling the brakes in someone’s car.

But how do you disable a person, a human being?

By dismissing the person. By seeing the person as someone from another planet, with whom you have nothing in common.

Ten years ago, I too became disabled, but that only dawned on me earlier this week after I found myself wondering if there was an easy way to prevent bedsores. Disabled is when you’re dismissed as someone without any value, a burden on society. Disabled is when someone else denies you the right to be who you are. Disabled is when someone else puts you next to the door to the kitchen in the restaurant or doesn’t hire you in spite of your abilities and your education or qualifications. Disabled is when people laugh at you openly as if you’re not even there, or snigger behind your back, audibly. Disabled is when you’re not allowed to contribute in spite of having so much to contribute.

Disabled means you’re a thing.

Only, you’re not. You’re just like everyone else, and everyone else is simply themselves.

Let’s prosecute penniless starving people, that’s what made the UK great right?

Originally posted on Dr Sue Black:

Seeing this tweet this evening and reading the link to the story in the Blackpool Gazette – Benefits claimant stole food from store reminded me of when I got caught stealing food when I was hungry.

In a nutshell, I was about 13, my home life wasn’t great, I wasn’t getting enough to eat and I had no money. One day, fed up of always being absolutely starving I decided to steal a packet of biscuits from the local Co op store. I went in with my younger sisterand walked around wondering what I was going to try and take, and at the same time keeping a look out for any shop assistant that might see me. It was a small store and a quiet day. I think it was a packet of custard creams that I decided on. I stuffed them up my jumper and started walking towards the…

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Disabled woman stole food from Asda after benefits stopped

Angelina Souren:

Police and CPS like soft targets. (I call it sandwich justice, but sometimes, it goes a lot further than mere sandwich justice.) Thankfully, she was not jailed for 12 months.

Originally posted on Same Difference:

Readers, howmany more similar stories am I going to have to cover?

A woman whose benefits had been stopped stole food from a supermarket.

Wendy Rogers, 51, of Garstang Road East, Poulton, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Rogers took a shoulder of pork from Asda on September 28, and the following day returned to the store and took a packet of cream cheese.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was severely disabled and had had numerous operations.

At the time of the theft she had problems over her benefits and was penniless.

Rogers was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

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Revenge evictions

On 28 November, MPs can vote to outlaw revenge evictions, evictions that happen just because a tenant asks to have the heating fixed or a mould and moisture problem dealt with. The law currently still allows that. Find out if your MP is standing up for renters. Mine is (but I don’t know yet if he will also attend the debate in Parliament that day).

Here are examples of other MPs who are voting to end revenge evictions:

Andrew Smith
Oxford East

Bob Blackman
Harrow East

Nicola Blackwood
Oxford West and Abingdon

Peter Bottomley
Worthing West

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Sarah Teather
Brent Central

Stephen Williams
Bristol West

Tessa Munt

Andrew Slaughter

Annette Brooke
Mid Dorset and North Poole

Caroline Lucas
Brighton Pavilion

David Lammy

Diane Abbott
Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Don Foster

Heidi Alexander
Lewisham East

Jeremy Corbyn
Islington North

Jim Fitzpatrick
Poplar and Limehouse

Julian Huppert

Karen Buck
Westminster North

Kate Hoey

Keith Vaz
Leicester East

Lynne Featherstone
Hornsey and Wood Green

Simon Danczuk

Stephen Pound
Ealing North

Teresa Pearce
Erith and Thamesmead

Brian Donohoe
Central Ayrshire

How to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’

Once upon a time, there was a woman who got really ticked off because her disabled brother was unable to get a job. Employers told him ‘no’. So she started a business herself and offered him a job.

The year was 1999. The startup location was in Amsterdam, right around the corner from where I was living back then. Today that business has 17 branches all over the country. Two years ago, in 2012, it was acquired by a larger enterprise, but the business philosophy remains the same.

Valid Express only employs couriers who are physically disabled or chronically ill.
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More support for litigants in person in the future

Last month, Minister of State for Justice Simon Hughes announced that £2 million has been set aside towards a package of support for LIPs, with the apparent primary aim of resolving disputes without the involvement of the courts, but also supporting LiPs if their disputes do make it to the courts. That’s what various legal publications published. The Guardian, however, spoke of 1.4 million per year.

The funding is intended for the following:

  • Expansion of the Personal Support Unit (currently only present at a few locations in the UK);
  • The RCJ Advice Bureau (which helps claimants and defendants at the High Court or Court of Appeal at the Royal Court of Justice & County Courts across England and Wales, the family court at the Principal Registry of the Family Division or any other family court, and
    the bankruptcy court at the Royal Court of Justice);
  • LawWorks (he country’s leading legal pro bono charity for solicitors, in-house counsel, mediators and students); and
  • Law for Life, a public legal education charity.

This initiative is the result of the November 2011 report “Access to Justice for Litigants in Person (or self-represented litigants)“.