Frances Ryan

Coronavirus Has Made It Even Easier To Forget About Disabled People

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   As the weeks go on, it is becoming clear coronavirus is not an equal opportunity pandemic. Guardian analysis last week found ethnic minorities in England are dying in disproportionately high numbers compared with white people. And now research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the pandemic is having a […]

Crippled: Austerity And The Demonisation Of Disabled People By Frances Ryan – Review

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  By Yvonne Roberts in The Guardian.   Two years ago the United Nations released the findings of a secret inquiry into state-level violations of the human rights of disabled people. Its conclusion was that a “human catastrophe” was under way. In every sphere, including employment, housing, education and social security, disabled people are hugely disadvantaged. Shamefully, […]

Cutting Disability Services Doesn’t Save Money. But It Does Damage Lives

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By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   In times of deep inequality and shrinking services, politics is often framed like a David and Goliath battle. You see it in the mothers who this week challenged the London developers trying to stop their “social housing kids” playing in segregated play areas. Or the teachers and parents in Cambridge marching against […]

Roman Holiday: How Chester Became The Most Accessible City In Europe

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      By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   A step up to a restaurant and no threshold ramp in sight. A pub with its function room upstairs, making attending a friend’s birthday drinks impossible. A kerb that hasn’t been flattened, essentially imprisoning you in the road. To a wheelchair user, such as myself, […]

So When A High-Profile Civil Servant Is Disabled, The Press Finds Its Sympathy

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Andrew McDonald’s case deserves attention of course, but most disabled people get a different reception when the benefits system casts them aside. I want to tell you about two very different disabled people, both going through Britain’s benefit system. “Disabled person 1” has Parkinson’s disease and terminal […]

Sorry, Netflix: We Don’t Need Another Freak Show

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By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Afflicted has enraged its participants, but it wouldn’t be the first TV show to use people with disabilities as entertainment fodder. An open letter to Netflix was published on Tuesday criticising its recent docu-series, Afflicted, which chronicles the lives of seven people with chronic illnesses. The letter highlighted what it called the […]

‘I Could Be Taken From My Home’: Why Disabled People Once Again Fear Being ‘Warehoused’

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   In the 1970s, disabled people were often placed in out-of-town institutions. Then came the independent living revolution. Is the clock turning back? Ifear for my life,” Lucy Watts, 24, tells me from her family bungalow in Benfleet, Essex. Watts has a range of severe health problems – […]

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