A year of articles


As we are at the last day of the amazing year of 2012, we look back at the articles I have written every weekday (Monday to Friday) this day without exception, that is an incredible 260 articles. Each article specifically written to provoke debate and raise awareness of one or another issues from myself as an individual personal.

The most read article of the year is the one about DPAC kills which challenges this anti-cut group to question they is indeed their negative actions which are killing disabled people rather than ATOS as they continued to make unfounded claims that ATOS murders now 73 disabled people a week without a single arrest or creditable news story.

Some of my articles have been heavy, some emotional, some funny and some just interesting as I have seen my readership interest as my twitter network also increases. Next year will see the articles continue, bigger, stronger and ofcourse as controversial as ever! 

If you like what I say, have a look at my website at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74

Spastic Humour


The world is made up of cultures and sub-cultures, each with their own norms, expectations, language and humour, and therefore it is be argued people with Cerebral Palsy are no different in terms of having some form of culture.

In this context, we can see the idea of Spastic humour, that is things which people with cp and others find funny, normally around the stupid ways non-disabled treat us through ignorance and embarrassment. What other impairments may see as hostile ‘hate crime’, we may just see as just funny as our freakism of cp leaves some non-disabled people squirming!

I’m Spazticus is one of the first television events to bring spastic humour to an mainstream audience with Sketches like the police line up. I really look forward to filming and watching the second series and see how it takes the humour to the next level.

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Having some fun


I do believe a good life means a balanced life and this means if you work hard it should be balanced by a large dose of fun in one way or other. This should mean doing sports, watching good movies and TV, having good work, going out for fun and so on.

I believe a balanced lifestyle is important for my mental wellbeing as well as my physical wellbeing, and so as my work increases and my income increases, so do I try to increase the amount of fun in my life, like going out at the weekends and going on holiday.

I look forward to building my work and my leisure in 2013 to new and exciting heights.

If you like what I say, have a look at my website at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74

My speech therapist was pissed


Since it is a Boxing Day, here is a Christmas cracker style joke for you only someone like me can tell… The problem which my speech is that my speech therapist was always pissed. This is one of my favourite jokes which demonstrates I am able to laugh at myself and my impairment.

Another joke is I won a dancing competition last week, I only got up to go the toilet? And I hate disabled toilets as I much prefer ones that actually work! I admit I am a good stand up comic as I do not have the time of it but I do enjoy making people laugh.

I leave you which a humorous text I wrote some years also called ’74 Ways of Upsetting a Disabled Person’ here;

http://www.simonstevens.com/74ways  

If you like what I say, have a look at my website at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74

Christmas Day at the Beach


While many of you will be preparing for your traditional Christmas Celebrations or maybe finish them off, I am having quite a different Christmas as I plan spent it sitting on the beach in Lanzarote and why not! Because of work and general tiredness, I do not go out much in the evenings so I save up my leisure to do stuff like this as this is what living life is all about!

I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a great new year as I promise another year of interesting and provocative articles.



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Old research to ignore the facts


I find it very interesting how many statements by user led charities and others are currently being made based on evidence and research which is out of date. I feel this is used to ignore the facts of where we are in the evolution of disability as a sociology.

The charities are very selective in the research they use to demonstrate their medical model argument, using out of date research when it comes to unemployment and poverty, while using specially manufactured when it come to hate crime as they suggest the welfare reforms have made attitudes towards disabled people worst, despite other contraindication research suggesting the paralympics have improved attitudes.

You can to bottom of the research and it defines the raise in hate crime in the fact some people were challenged about their impairment, eg asked questions. Well OMG, welcome to the real world of being disabled and if it is now a crime to ask someone about their impairments, as society gains a better understanding, we have some problems! It is like making it a crime to ask a liar if they are lying!

Research only tells you what you wish to hear and it is indeed the best way to ignore the facts.

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What I want for Christmas

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All I want to Christmas is to going on the success I have had this year for next year and beyond. I would ofcourse like a new Mac and a newer iPad but I will purchase these when the time is right. I am many plans of what I need to purchase to take my life forward and I am confidence my determination and effort will see them being achievement.

But this has been a great year and I am very happy with where I am in life and where I am going and so that is the best Christmas present I can have. I also want the good people around me to share in my success as I share in theirs  and I want the not so good people to be able to discover their true journeys so they are able to be good people.

Materials remain a part of my life but what I have achieved and the potential of what I can achieve is worth far more to me.

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Christmas in the Sun


Today is the start of my Christmas and while you read this, I am at Birmingham Airport, heading for Lanzarote for two weeks. I have already written the articles for when I am away and scheduled them so you can still enjoy your daily dose of  ‘Simon’ while I relax and enjoy some sun.

For me, going to Lanzarote at Christmas just fits nicely into a lot of things, giving me a truly relaxing time while ignoring the stress and strains of a British Christmas. I have no family and I love the sun, so why not go when work wise, no one will mess me.

I go self catering so I can enjoy the restaurants and snack as I want, using the supermarkets as a giant larder. With my iPad, I am connected and I have plenty of games to ensure I have entertained. With sun and sand, I feel I will have a great time away in many ways from the winter weather! 

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Talking Nonsense

 It just amazes me how much nonsense is said by ‘disabled people’ nowadays with little evidence or responsibility. A lot of the wild statements like living on 10p a day or begging on the streets because of reforms that have not already taken place, are not put in any context. Because people are defined as ‘disabled’ the non-disabled and indeed disabled charities and media are too frightened to challenge them, taking what they say at face value.

I have spent most of my life helping other people sort out their problems and this is made me a good listener. This means I ask a lot of questions because I understand what people say in not often what they mean and you need to unravel the issues to find the true issues. It is about helping people to help themselves and this goes against the best interests of charities, who profit from people thinking they have problems which they do not have if they could think it through.

We all need to challenge disabled people more about what they say rather then accepting nonsense, even if the hate crime creators would rather we did not!

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Greatest threat sinced Hitler?


The Black Triangle is a scottish based extremist disability anti-cuts group who has to gall to compare the welfare reforms with the actions of Hitler against disabled people, when hundreds of thousands of disabled people are killed and yet still forgotten.

I feel it is an incredible insult to make the comparison and I would like to argue rather than the government, it is rather groups like Black Triangle and DPAC, as well as the secret army of ‘spoonies’ and ‘bendies’ (slang for people who have politicised their conditions) that is actually potentially the greatest threat since Hilter.

Their drip feed desire for pity in line with the medical model has the ability to destroy the social model as disabled people are portrayed by these groups as helpless vulnerable victims of society who are naturally inferior economic burdens. While they argue for the right to be economic burdens, taking no responsibility for their actions, they are playing the Ace in the hands of the secret eugenics movement which has long existed in this country and supported by media with their freak show entertainment.

It takes 100 positive disabled people to reserve the damage of one negative disabled person and if the Black Triangle is now a whole army of negative disabled persons, it is indeed  the greatest threat to the lives of all disabled people since Hilter. 

If you like what I say, have a look at my website at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74