Fear not, gentle reader, your RADAR blogmaster has not simply been hit by a wave of existential angst. RADAR is holding the second in its series of debates on issues affecting disabled people and the disability rights movement, and the motion up for debate is as follows: This House believes disabled people and our organisations will only achieve social justice by collaborating with organisations run by non-disabled people. (Click for details).
First a flashback (cue wobbly screen effects): For many years the disability movement, such as it was, was dominated to the point of exclusivity by organisations "for" disabled people. I have on my desk a prime example, from RADAR's dim and distant past, in our immediately-post-World War 1 incarnation as The Central Council for the Care of Cripples. The Journal of this organisation, "The Cripples' Journal" (oddly titled, when you consider it was written and read exclusively by doctors and carers) for 1929 has an article entitled "The Future of the Cripple". In this article, the only person not asked to express an opinion on the future of the cripple is the cripple himself.