The role of friends in disabled people's social isolation When Cain asked God if he, Cain, was his brother’s keeper, he meant it rhetorically. He certainly didn’t expect a response in the affirmative. But the answer was yes. It is yes. I’m trying to live independently of my parents. People from a range of relationships … Continue reading Yes, you are my keeper
Recently I had a conversation with a church leader. We had a good conversation ranging over several topics, some at a bit of a tangent. One thing we discussed was how God cares for us. The church leader felt that God meets our needs through fellow Christians. It's a platitude many of us may be … Continue reading Self-help Christianity
The government still doesn’t know what its talking about. But this time it’s almost seven years on from when it gained power, and its politicians no longer have the right to plead ignorance. They do not have the right to remain ignorant on matters of great importance over which they hold the power. A spokesperson … Continue reading Governments have no right to be ignorant
On Thursday the government released its response to the consultation on Personal Independence Payments (PIP), the successor to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) that is to be brought in from April 2013. Amongst the surprises were the government’s limitation of higher rate (‘enhanced’) mobility to people who cannot move more than 20m – a shock to … Continue reading The government’s rationale for PIP shows it doesn’t understand disability
Many people are disabled because they are chronically sick. These people cannot turn up to work regularly, because any given day they may be too ill. They might be dosed up on painkillers to control their pain; they might be too weak to get out of bed; they might be too exhausted to concentrate; their … Continue reading Who pays to employ sick people?
Yesterday, the Daily Mail ran the astounding story that a disabled man qualified for the benefits he received. Their surprise was great – this was a man who was a magistrate, taught salsa dancing and had taken part in a TV show involving extreme sport. Clearly, there was no possible explanation compatible with this man … Continue reading Disabled man is not a fraud
“84% of GPs say they have patients who have presented with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or depression as a result of undergoing, or fear of undergoing, the Work Capability Assessment. 21% of GPs say they have patients who have had suicidal thoughts as a result of undergoing, or fear of undergoing, the … Continue reading Sickness and suicide
A few days ago James Max wrote an article about Atos and the Paralympics. Many disabled people and their supporters have been upset by the government’s permission for Atos to sponsor the Paralympics. James Max argues that it is completely acceptable for Atos to be a sponsor. He says that if you don’t like it, … Continue reading Atos and the Paralympics
I’ve been talking a lot with my family recently about appropriate responses to suffering. One of the most common responses I’ve come across is “You need to find out what God is trying to teach you through this.” Sometimes it’s true. God does discipline us, so it may be that he is encouraging us to … Continue reading What does God teach us when we suffer?