Everyone should get the real support they need

It is no secret that I am concerned at how Personal Independence Payments are regarded as the one and only solution for anyone with any form of impairment, which can indeed mean anyone. The rights to welfare agenda is based on a tragedy model of disability, where payment is offered as a pity motivated compensation to a situation that the middle class fear. Because it is offered to ease the conscience of the middle class, the idea of challenging who has a significant level of need to require the benefit, as well as its actual effectiveness in providing real benefit, is shunned.

I would argue that it is not about who should or should not receive the benefit, which is a random amount that bears no relation to specific needs, but rather how can we properly provide people with the support they require when they require it. While for some people, this would remain in the form of a monthly amount of money paid to them for specific extra costs, for others it is about the provision of specific services when and where they need them.

If we take the issue of travel anxiety, I would firstly never underestimate the relative impact this may have on someone’s life and ability to function. But providing them an unrestricted random amount of extra income for the rest of their lives because it is the right thing to do really going help them to improve how they manage their condition? I believe while PIP is sold in terms of meeting extra impairment costs, it soon simply becomes extra income that does very little to meet impairment needs. Its removal when an impairment situation has improved is therefore seen as a dent in their income despite no impairment costs.

The better solution for travel anxiety would, therefore, be more to offer an intensive course of counselling to identify the specific triggers of a panic attack and develop a bank of personally developed coping strategies. The anxiety may never be ‘cured’ but it will be better managed. If there are then any specific extra costs as a result of using the coping strategies, these can be considered and funding made available.

I believe meeting specific extra costs in comparison to someone’s peers as opposed to a PIP for all strategy is the only way to be fair to everyone, as opposed to making people with minor impairments the winners of the benefit system as the cost of people with significant and severe needs, who are slowly been pushed off the political agenda. But we live in an era of greed where people are only willing to see their need to be identified as disabled as something that as absolute as opposed to relative.

And it is the misunderstanding of disability that is worrying. As increasingly minor impairments are reasons to be labelled as a disabled person, with all the rights and funding attached to that, the perceived severity of other impairments is increased and the battle from minor impairments for unnecessary resources slowly and steadily is fueling the eugenics agenda few people will admit exists.

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Do I have a chip on my shoulder?

One of the things that other ‘disabled people’ like to throw at me when they are trying to undermine what I am saying is to suggest that I have a chip on my shoulder. Their implication is the reason I disagree with them, and therefore from their perspective, the viewpoint of every sane person, is that I have unresolved emotional issues that simply makes me incapable of ‘rational debate’, which is their code for not absolutely agreeing with them.

I clearly find these remarks slightly hurtful, as anyone would, but I am happy to reflect upon them. I believe that firstly I have a very stable impairment emotionally, even with my mild bipolar, and over the years, I have worked through many of the hang-ups I had. This has provided me with a level of pride and confidence which many people see as arrogance as people with impairments are not supposed to be happy with themselves.

I believe it is often the people who are attacking me that will have a chip on their shoulders as they will likely be less accustomised to their impairment and will be working through the adjustment process. They are the ones who shout at the government in a hostile manner with left wing rhetoric and misunderstandings. I am merely standing up against them with the same voracity as them. But as disabled people, they are not used to being challenged as I do not fear them in the way the general public does.

The one beef I have with society is that I do not like anyone being written off as being unable to contribute in some way to society. Most people assume having what they see as disability is a form of social death, where your responsibilities to society cease. They see disability rights only in terms of the compassionate warehousing of inferior beings as the UN supports from my perspective. They hate me pointing this out but they are unable to respond with an intellectual debate. Saying disabled people can work if they want to is as the inferior beings they have defined, not as the citizens I believe they are.

Many activists know I am a very powerful campaigner with a lot of expertise and experience to bring to any cause I decide to support. They believe if only I would accept their perspective of the world, which they regard as the only way good people can think, they would be delighted to work with me, which they believe I would be extremely grateful for. Because I see through the many carrots and sticks presented to recruit me, staying firm to my set of beliefs, they only response they have is to suggest there is something mentally wrong with me, therefore exposing their prejudice to people with mental health issues.

My conclusion is, therefore, I do not have a chip on my shoulder, I simply do not suffer fools gladly. Other activists may be able to abuse the emotions of people with impairments generally for their political objectives, causing a climate of fear and stress they take pleasure and satisfaction from, but I am an individual who stands up for my beliefs and supporting the meaningful inclusion of all people with impairments in society as citizens. If they attack this then they need to be prepared for the consequences when a few of us fight back from the oppression they have created.

 

If you like my blog article, have a look at some of my products;
Achieve Support – Coming soon
Having Pride (My Life Story) – http://www.balsy.me
Stevens’ Manifesto – Coming soon
Understand Assistance – http://www.understand.tips
Understand Dysabiity – Coming soon

or visit my website at http://www.simonstevens.com

You can also email me at simon@simonstevens.com