Written by

Penny Pepper

Penny Pepper writes a monthly column, 'Who Are the Disabled?', for Byline Times

Disabled Life: Crippled by Confusion, Banished by Barriers

, 10 March 2023
Penny Pepper wears her bloody, beaten heart on her tattered sleeve in this powerful snapshot of the constraints imposed upon disabled people

The Fundamental Right to Intimacy 

, 14 February 2023
Do disabled people have sex? Of course we do, writes Penny Pepper. Why are you so surprised?

A Letter to Nowhere: ‘Like Many Disabled People, I’m Fearful’

, 12 January 2023
Penny Pepper pens an open letter to her Conservative MP, explaining why the NHS crisis is personal and political for those 'living in the real world'

‘Pity Porn on Santa’s Knees’

, 20 December 2022
Penny Pepper reflects on what the festive season means for her, as politicians and the media continue to marginalise the creation of new cultural narratives around disability

Being An Employer of Your Own Care

, 11 November 2022
Penny Pepper has spent more than 20 years balancing the books, hiring and firing, and eyeing up spreadsheets – like many disabled people, all in the name of 'Direct Payment'

Bogged Down with the Eternal Fight for the Perfect Convenience

, 7 October 2022
Why is it still not widely understood that disabled people have the right to decent toilet facilities just like anyone else? asks Penny Pepper

Twenty-Seven Cardigans and Still Not Enough: A Torturous Style Journey

, 16 September 2022
Penny Pepper reflects on her relationship with fashion – and how punk took her into disability activism and feminism

Class War – One of Disabled People’s Many Battles

, 4 August 2022
Penny Pepper explains why class continues to be so oppressive for working-class disabled people

My NHS and how the Tories Broke It

, 5 July 2022
Penny Pepper reflects on how the Government dodges responsibility for the lack of resources available for our health service

Barriers, Ignorance... And More Barriers: The Every Day Experiences of Disabled People

, 29 April 2022
Society and politicians need to wake-up to the fact that disability is a normal part of the human condition that can impact us all, says Penny Pepper

From Nostalgic Disability Direct Action On Screen – To Rishi Sunak’s Cold Shoulder in the Spring Budget

, 6 April 2022
A new BBC film, 'Then Barbara Met Alan', looking at the beginnings of disability direct action, contrasts sharply with Rishi Sunak ignoring disabled people from his Spring Statement, says Penny Pepper

The Care Carnage

, 1 March 2022
As the Health and Care Bill returns to the House of Lords, Penny Pepper dissects why it will hit disabled people the hardest

A Disabled Person’s Liaisons with Politicians: A Love-Hate Affair

, 4 February 2022
Penny Pepper explores what a steady stream of inadequate disability ministers reveals about the sorts of people required to really improve disabled people's lives

The Highs and Lows of 2021: A Disabled Person’s Perspective

, 14 January 2022
Penny Pepper shares some of the enduring inequalities and the memorable breakthroughs which characterised the past year for disabled people

Recognise Disabled People’s Rights Instead of Turning them into Charity Cases

, 3 December 2021
Penny Pepper explains why well-meaning but pity-inducing fundraisers do not lead to structural change for marginalised people

Liberty, Equality, Infirmity?

, 6 July 2021

Who the Hell are the Disabled?

, 26 February 2021

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