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DPAC: The War on Disabled People

DPAC: The War on Disabled People

Fri 27 November 2020 16:00-18:00 - Digital Event

Join Ellen Clifford for a special reading from her book, The War on Disabled People, as well as a Q&A. Ellen is a disabled activist who has worked within the disability sector for over twenty years. She currently serves on the National Steering Group for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). 

The War on Disabled People blows the lid on what has been described by the UN as a 'human catastrophe' – the government’s war on disabled people. In this searing account, Ellen Clifford – an activist who has been at the heart of resistance against the war on disabled people – reveals precisely how and why this state of affairs has come about. From spineless political opposition to self-interested disability charities, rightwing ideological myopia to the media demonization of benefits claimants, a shocking picture emerges of how the government of the fifth-richest country in the world has been able to marginalize disabled people with near-impunity. Even so, and despite austerity biting ever deeper, the fightback has begun, with a vibrant movement of disabled activists and their supporters determined to hold the government to account – the slogan ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ has never been so apt.  As this book so powerfully demonstrates, if Britain is to stand any chance of being a just and equitable society, their battle is one we should all be fighting.

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