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June 15, 2019
Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People
Waterstones, Nottingham
June 15, 2019
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Waterstones, Nottingham
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate
Nottingham, NG1 2GR United Kingdom
Frances Ryan discusses her searing exposé of 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.

Waterstones Nottingham will be hosting a thought-provoking evening with Guardian journalist Frances Ryan. She will be discussing her book Crippled, and the demonization of society's 'most vulnerable'.