“Do we want to live in a country where we shut disabled people away? Do we want to live in one where a disabled person is asked if they really need to have a wash every day? Or do we want to live in one in which we are willing to invest in making sure disabled people can get involved in everyday life?
I know what I want.
But what about politicians? It’s hard to say. I’m waiting for someone – of either party – to come out and say ‘Some people need benefits. It doesn’t make them a scrounger, it doesn’t make them workshy and it doesn’t make them feckless.’
Ultimately politicians think they are on safe ground with this one. But here’s one last stat: according to the British Social Attitudes survey, 84 per cent of people would like the state to support them if they became disabled. The public know what kind of society they want to live in too.”—Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, Disability Cuts: The big picture is terrifying (via mindovermatterzine)