Crippled : austerity and the demonization of disabled people / Frances Ryan.
- London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2019. , ©2019
x, 228 pages ; 21 cm
- POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship.
People with disabilities -- Government policy -- Great Britain.
People with disabilities -- Services for -- Great Britain.
People with disabilities -- Government policy.
People with disabilities -- Services for.
- "The austerity crisis and threat to disability rights When public services are cut, disabled people are the hardest hit, and they number 3.7 million people in the UK. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan tells the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. This includes the man with a degenerative neurological condition forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldn't provide accessible housing; the young girl sleeping in her wheelchair and admitted to hospital with malnutrition. Ryan also charts how, in the austerity era, the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from society's most vulnerable to benefit cheats. Through these personal stories the book shows the scale of the crisis, while also reporting on how the disabled community is fighting back. It is a passionate demand for the recognition of disability rights and a call for an end to austerity policies that disproportionately affect those most in need"-- Provided by publisher.
"A SEARING EXPOSĀ̇OF AUSTERITY'S IMPACT ON DISABLED PEOPLE In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case Britain's 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. This includes a paralyzed man forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldn't provide accessible housing; the malnourished woman sleeping in her wheelchair; and the young girl with bipolar forced to turn to sex work to survive. Through these personal stories, Ryan charts how in recent years the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from society's 'most vulnerable' to benefit cheats. Crippled is a damning indictment of a safety net gone wrong, and a passionate demand for an end to austerity measures hitting those most in need"-- Provided by publisher.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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