As disability cuts are rolled out, and politicians talk in the rhetoric of "strivers" and "skivers", there’s an increasing sense that those with disabilities are only ever a drain on society. In 2015, an open letter from Sam Cleasby
to a woman who tutted at her using a disabled toilet went viral. Sam is a glamorous 33-year-old who suffers from the invisible condition ulcerative colitis and wears a j-pouch bag that collects faecal matter. In the same year, Corinna Skorpenske
’s online response to this note left on her car went viral: "You should be ashamed!! When you take a handicap spot an actual
disabled person suffers
!" Corinna was with her 16-year-old daughter, who has the invisible but debilitating and painful condition lupus, which severely restricts her mobility. This was the third anonymous note Corinna had received.