Monday, 19 September 2011

Pushing for answers re #ATOS Uni Accreditation!

#ESA #WCA - I am pushing for answers from RCN / GMC re their
position on #ATOS Uni Accred - #disability #ukcare #ukmh

(note: mobile post from bed; will elaborate & update later...)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Cross-posted from

After an incredibly constructive debate yesterday in the House Of Lords the government appear to be concerned about how many Lords had significant concerns about the Welfare Reform Bill, even those Lords who in principle supported the bill had major questions they wanted answers to.

For a bill of this size and importance, convention dictates that the next stage of the bill should be kept in the main chamber of the House of Lords for debate. It's particularly important the bill be continued to be debated in the main chamber as disability access to the smaller committee rooms is very limited and people will not be able to access the committee rooms to exercise their democratic right to observe the passge of the bill from the public chamber.

At 3.30pm today the govermnent are tabling a motion to move the grand committee stage of the bill into one of the smaller committee rooms. Presumably the government are hoping that by moving a bill into the committee rooms it will be harder to scrutinise - there won't be enough space in any of the committee rooms to allow for all the Lords to participate, let alone for us to scrutinise online or attend in person.

This is an outrage - the government are clearly concerned by the level of queries and opposition to the Welfare Reform Bill highlighted by yesterday's debate and wish to quietly sideline it to a committee room where they hope it will pass with less opposition. Tabling the motion for the afternoon following PMQ's is also an underhand trick as it means it will be harder for us to object through the main stream media.

This is our call to arms. This bill affects us, our families and every aspect of our lives, as well as the lives of those currently paying into the system in anticipation of protection should they require it. If we can make enough noise in the next few hours the government will be forced to keep the passage of the bill in the main chamber of the house of lords where it can be effectively and appropriately scrutinised by all.

What you can do to help is this;

Please post copies of this blog onto your facebook, your twitter, stumbleupon, wikio etc. Please email it to everyone you know, please talk about this on your own blogs. Email or phone your MP to register your objections, email or phone the house of lords to explain your concerns, email or phone the media, local or national and explain that whether or not people are in favour of this bill, that it is a fundamental democratic right to have it debated in the main chamber of the house of lords where there is space for all who wish to attend and observe. Highlight the injustice and hypocrisy of the governments behaviour in trying to sideline this important bill into a room too small for all the Lords to attend and certainly too small to allow those in wheelchairs, or with guide dogs, the very people most affected by this bill to be able to observe from the public gallery.

If we make enough noise before 3.30pm today the government will have to drop this underhand tactic and the Bill will continue to be debated in the main chamber of the House of Lords where everyone who wishes to can attend and observe.

By @BendyGirl of @BrokenofBritain

Monday, 12 September 2011

Dear @Mulborough #ukriots #benefits

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RT @Mulborough -- @CreativeCrip: dock #UKriots benefits "are middle class/wealthy having wages docked?" Wages are *earned* through work, you utter twat

Dear @Mulburough:

I *earned* my benefits by working and paying 40% tax and only because I was damned lucky to be able to achieve what I did and no thanks to a system still puts limits on strong, educated and highly skilled women and especially women of colour from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I am intelligent and compassionate enough to realise that it's impossible for everyone in society to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps". The Masters of the Universe make it impossible - millionaires in the Cabinet who were blessed with free education at elite schools and who now deprive others of the same advantages they had. Many of those running this country were born into wealth and have never held a "real" job in their cushioned lives. For them it was ok to take drugs (Osborne) and riot (Cameron and Johnson)... just a bit of fun *larking around* at Oxford and beyond. For them it was also OK to claim Disability Living Allowance for disabled familiy members and other Benefits like Tax Credits, in spite of their enormous wealth.

They are playing a dangerous game of chess driven by a warped hypocritical elitist ideology and we are all their pawns.

The reality is that many of the rioters were adults, educated, had good jobs and came from "good" familiesSome were privileged young adults of upper-class families - and these people are not facing the same level of consequences as those who are decidedly disenfranchised. Politicians and some segments of the media carry on with their dangerous hatemongering platitudes about "the feral underclass", spinning a tabloid frenzy against ethnic minorities in England's major cities. How convenient to ignore the opportunistic comfortable and well-off rioters like the millionaire's daughter featured in the muckraking bible of scaremongers, the Daily Mail.  It is this castigation of the poor painted with pictures of mostly Black youths and stories of Asians & Whites "defending their area" from them which has only served to engender more dangerously ill-informed ignorance like yours .

What you fail to understand is that one day, it could be you or someone you care about needing help from the State and through no fault of your own. It really should not take personal misfortune. and especially by the middle class, to have that understanding. We are lucky to live in one of the wealthiest and democratic countries on earth, so we are told. Yet  those being held to account for the riots in the worse possible ways are the least advantaged. That just doesn't seem logical or fair to me.

This is the short version of of my thoughts on the matter and I stand by every word.

Disagree as is your right, but unlike you I don't believe that "happiness writes white" even for a racist. As for myself, at least I don't hide who I really am behind a pseudonym. - which is why it's so easy for people like you to take personal shots at people like me as your preferred method of discourse.

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Sunday, 11 September 2011

CreativeCrip Campaign for Free Money Day: Pay It Forward - Virtually! #CCFMD

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.”

Hubert H. Humphrey

My original plan for 9/11 2011 was to write an update to my personal 9/11 story to mark the 10th Anniversary of one of the defining moments of modern history..

I'm not going to do that.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Green Party calls for the removal of #ATOS from benefits assessments #ukpolitics

Green Party members yesterday voted to pass an emergency motion calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to stop using IT firm ATOS as its assessor of benefit claimants.

Concerns have been raised over the company's suitability to conduct assessments, ranging from the lack of disabled access at their assessment centres to the shocking fact that 40% of their decisions have been found to be wrong on appeal [1].

Source: Green Party

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Life is Beautiful...

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I have seen these attributed to everyone from George Carlin to His Holiness The Dalai Lama over the years.

It's neither.

Despite this, I still think that there is a lot beauty and truth in both for all of us

Friday, 9 September 2011

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Two New Apps for (via News)

I can see these new Apps being very useful indeed!

Two New Apps for Earlier this summer we launched a few tools to make it easier for developers to create new apps for Starting today, you can integrate your blog with Feedfabrik and Empire Avenue. Turn Your Blog Into a Book Have you ever wanted to publish your own book, or a collection of your favorite blog posts? Feedfabrik makes it easy to convert your blog into a book format, and even allows you to customize the cover … Read More

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9-11: My Story (2006)

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Originally posted at deviantArt:, September 11, 2006

A new reflection post will be published for the upcoming 10-year anniversary of that tragic day.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Atos - University Accreditation in "Disability Analysis"

The latest announcement from Atos Healthcare could be perceived as a rather cynical bid to add credibility to the contentious health exams it carries out for the DWP.

The subsidiary of French IT firm Atos Origin has joined forces with University of Derby - Corporate to accredit training for Atos Nurses. Their Certificate of Achievement - Disability Analysis will give Nurses 30 of 120 credits required for a BSC (Hons) in Nursing.

Sunday, 4 September 2011 and Libel (thank you to @rantsfromron)

Great news (for a change) bloggers!

Suffice it to say that very few UK-based disability campaigners are likely to forget that the Carerwatch discussion forum was shut down by its hosting service after French IT firm Atos had a  hissyfit  & accused CW of libel - over of a mere HYPERLINK.

The brilliant Ron Graves of queried (which also hosts TCC) about their strategy and process in dealing with accusations of libel on the part of blogs hosted on their servers.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

PROJECT LAUNCH: Identity for @IconicImagery #iconicimagery

At long last, the identity for my Iconic Imagery / Iconic Imagery Creative business has finally come together - Two years in the making because of my health and other personal issues.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Designers: Just say "NO" to Spec Work!!

The following was posted via Google+ with a request to share far and wide. - Logo Competition - $15 Cash for Best Logo

We are looking for an official Logo for http;// . The logo will appear where the light blue text saying "" is, currently on our site.

To participate, simply create a logo image that would look nice on the site, and does not use any official Google trademarks. Our staff will choose the best logo sometime tomorrow and award the winner $15 paypal.

After creating the logo please just share the image with me!

- Please share this post with anyone you know that may be interested. In addition to the small cash prize, we will also feature the logo creator in a post on out blog introducing the logo.

I'm sharing with a caveat: Please SAY NO TO SPEC WORK and low-grade exploitative design contests! 

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Saturday, 27 August 2011

CarerWatch Forum and the risk of potentially 'libellous' hyperlinks

French IT firm Atos has finally shed some light on the "libellous" post which prompted them to strong-arm the CarerWatch Forum host into de-activating the service.

"The posting which we consider to be defamatory against Atos Healthcare and our employees is dated March 23rd, 8:51 pm."

Yes, this uproar is off the back of a post from five months ago.

Monday, 22 August 2011

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." 
— Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)

It goes without saying that we in the British disabled community are well aware of the flaws inherent in the application process and health exams for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the ESA Work Capability Assessment (WCSA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). There have been numerous stories of the Harrington Review as well as media profiles of ordinary people living with disabilities and how they cope (or don't). Only recently, it seems, has there been significant mention of Atos Origin, the private French IT firm contracted by the previous government  to facilitate the health exams, the impact of this on people with disabilities and concerns about some of the doctors carrying out the assessements