Disabled people on Teesside fighting for our Civil Rights!
[Bold onDisabled Ghetto: Abuse and Disempowerment in the name of Best Value By Gordon Shippey. In this book we start by talking briefly about how Disabled people have been treated throughout history and how provisions have been made for them in recent years. We then move on to show how the term Disablism is in fact related not to a personís incapacity, but to how they are devalued in society. We show this through many examples both from those who are physically challenged and those who are not, in order to show the real meaning of Disablism i.e. Socially, politically, and how it transcendences the so-called divide. We then move onto our Welfare state which has been historically under funded. We show how recent changes in it, such as the Public expenditure restrictions impose from Central Government, have affected peoples lives, giving both personal as well as collective accounts of local Disabled people & elderly across Teesside which have left many with only a very basic level of care as well as increasing care charges. Not forgetting front line care workers who are restrained from speaking out against abuse and bad practice because of economic and social pressures. Following on from this we show how our Residents associations and other community groups are also disabled when it comes to issues, such as flooding, Regeneration, development. We also talk about how our Politicians are effected by recent acts of Democratic Disablism, which have been growing since 1992 under a specific EU Treaty, which states that all public authorities cannot have privileged access to financial institutions, and that neither the ECB nor national banks shall seek or take instruction from governments or community institutions, because un-elected bankers believe that currency is much too serious to be left in the hand of politicians or the people. This leaves most Councillors & MPís cut off from the internal working of our national banks in the same way as private companies are exempt from any real public scrutiny under the rule of corporate confidentially. We hope that after reading these personal accounts of people (some of whom you may know), you will come away with more of an insight into why our Civil rights are so important to us and what obstacles are in our way in order to get what most people take for granted. So as not to merely exist, but to have a life!