@CreativeCrip Suspended from Twitter as of 28th Sept 2012

A few of my Twitter followers have noticed that my @CreativeCrip account has been suspended.

This was unexpected and completely without warning. I am of the opinion that this has occurred  because of malicious reporting on the part of adults who find it impossible to either block or ignore those whom they don’t like or disagree with or both. The circumstances are thus:

On 27th September someone I used to follow (but who still appeared in my timeline) said

“Depression doesn’t kill you, you do.”

I retweeted this along with my own comment that I found that assertion to be patronising and unhelpful. The following day he had a go at me – knowing that his rabid followers will immediately act upon any beef that he decides to have with other people. This is what he does – he gets his followers to go after people he doesn’t like or disagrees with.

Someone popped up and had a go at him. She doesn’t even follow me but decided to call him out (to me), saying that he and his followers had attacked her and accused her of being disablist for the observation that “disability is only one aspect of identity”. She had quite a bit to say to him in the main and kept copying me in.

Why I don’t know.

I was in middle of tweeting that she needed to keep me out of her sustained rants at him when my account was suspended.

It was *that* quick.

Mine was the only account suspended. Not hers. Not his.

Fast-forward several hours later. I tweeted the third party moaner from 1 of my 2 business accounts after the @CreativeCrip suspension & said “my @CreativeCrip acct is suspended thanks to the good Rev. In future pls keep me out of your chats w him. Thanks.” No response. She blocked me. I then looked through her timeline and saw that she was making an attempt to cosy up to him again, trying to get back in his good graces. Call me stupid, but there is no way in hell I would ever suck up to anyone who threw me under a bus and in so public and odious a way. Someone has suggested that this could be quite a clever little ploy by both parties – suffice it to say there is nothing that wouldn’t surprise me at this point especially considering who is involved. It’s not the first time something like this has happened on Twitter (or other social media platforms) and it sure won’t be the last.

It’s a funny olde world indeed.

So here I am fighting to get the suspension lifted. I have put too much hard work into @CreativeCrip to simply give up and possible start again: (1) that account has been mention in the Society Daily listings in The Guardian quite a bit and (2) my work through that account and The Broken of Britain also earned me a nod from Left Foot Forward in Nomination for most influential left-wing thinker: The disabled rights community

All are noted on my LinkedIn Profile here: uk.linkedin.com/in/iconicimagery

Needless to say – at the moment I feel like I have had enough of Social Media, and Twitter especially.

Charities slam DWP contractor Atos for shutting down disability support group | Political Scrapbook

Charities slam DWP contractor Atos for shutting down disability support group | Political Scrapbook.

CreativeCrip Atos Communications Strategy

“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 assessementsContinue reading

TBA on #creativecrip – new section detailing my personal experiences with Atos

Atos Origin is a French IT firm privately contracted by the UK government to carry out health ‘assessments’ for both ESA WCA and DLA. I have had to go through both processes and will be adding a section here comparing the two – they were as different as night and day to my everlasting surprise.

Important  Notes to be expanded upon

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CarerWatch Forum – latest takedown by Atos

“We have been informed by our hosting company that we are under threat of legal action by ATOS and have therefore been taken down.”


CarerWatch Letter to Atos Legal Department

We have many members who are very fragile and the sudden disappearance of a support group has caused a lot of distress and fear. Some are ringing us in tears. We cannot get in contact with all of them though as we have lost their contact details through the closure.

All this distress could have been avoided if you had had the courtesy to contact us first and tell us what had been posted on our site that you considered libellous. Obviously if any post was possibly libellous we would have removed it and all this distress could have been avoided.



#CreativeCrip #DLA Appeal Result! #disabilityuk #ukcare – UPDATED

The DLA Appeal  has gone in my favour.

  • Severe mobility impairment finally recognised.
  • Care needs acknowledged but minimal award granted.
  • To be reviewed Sep’13.

Sobbing hysterically!

Shame it’s going to go on rent, food and utilities…!!

23 Aug 11 Update:  

Contacted by CAB whom I forgot to call in the heady days since the result came through. We agreed that though the Care component is disappointing, acknowledgement of my mobility needs is a huge step forward in the right direction.

I will not pursue a review of the Care decision. This has been an incredibly soul-destroying experience in some respects. The case will be closed until the Review, at which time I will definitely enlist the assistance of the CAB should I summon the courage needed to put myself through this all over again.

Disabled Activists and the Anti-Cuts Movement

This is a guest post by me for UK Uncut on behalf of The Broken of Britain is a non-party political campaign providing advocacy for physically & mentally disabled people of Great Britain and their carers. It was originally published in December of 2010 on the UK Uncut website.

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