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Keep up to date with the latest disability-related news stories from across the globe.

‘You bitch, you bitch’: What Heather Mills allegedly shouted at Paralympics official as she quit UK disabled skiing team after ‘wrong type of boot’ stops her competing

Heather Mills has dramatically quit the UK disabled skiing team after allegedly ‘lunging’ at an official who told her she couldn’t wear a specially-adapted boot.  Read More »

Injured Servicemen take on the Dakar Rally

The Race2Recovery rally team is to once more try to conquer the world’s toughest race; the Dakar Rally.  As the only disabled rally team in the world, Race2Recovery has secured two entries for the 2014 epic which is due to start on the 5th January 2014 in Argentina and will once again put both man and machine to the ultimate ... Read More »

What the welfare cuts mean for us: ‘The feeling of dread never goes away’

For the past two years Joe McPhillips has spent a lot of time standing at the window, waiting for the postman. “I couldn’t leave without knowing if the postman had been. I’ve stood at the window sometimes four or five hours, just because I felt so insecure. I’ve heard there are more cuts coming.” Read More »

Heartwarming photo shows US Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long reunited with Siberian parents who rejected her because she was ‘crippled’

This is the heartwarming moment that US Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long met her Siberian parents for the first time after they rejected her because of her disability.  The 21-year-old posted the image on Twitter with the words ‘Meet my Russian family. I love them more than words can say. My heart is so full’. Read More »

Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’

An interpreter who was seen by millions of television viewers worldwide translating Nelson Mandela’s memorial service into sign language was a ‘fake’, according to South Africa’s deaf federation. The unidentified man, who was broadcast standing alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, was making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa. Read More »

Soldier Andrew Garthwaite moves bionic arm by thoughts

A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts. Cpl Andrew Garthwaite, 26, from South Tyneside, was badly injured in Afghanistan when a Taliban grenade took off his right arm. He is believed to be the first person in the UK to have such ... Read More »

UK aims to double dementia funding

The UK will aim to double its annual funding for dementia research to £132m by 2025, up from the 2015 target of £66m, David Cameron has said. The prime minister’s announcement comes before a dementia summit which is part of Britain’s presidency of the G8.  Read More »

Tips For Helping Elderly Relatives With Depression

Depression is an insidious condition that can damage and ruin lives, and it is a problem that the elderly are particularly susceptible to. Rates of depression in the elderly are extremely high, with over a quarter of all retirement-age people suffering from the condition. Read More »

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre Aiming for Place in Guinness Book of Records

The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, which specialises in the provision of equine therapy for both children with disabilities and special needs, is not only aiming to raise a minimum of £25,000 with a marathon ‘lead a pony’ 12 hour relay but is hoping to find its way into the Guinness Book of Records in the process. Read More »

I have got Asperger’s, says SuBo: Star tells of relief at finding out why she struggles with fame

As Susan Boyle was catapulted into the public eye on Britain’s Got Talent, fans watched as she struggled to cope with the rigours of a rapid rise to fame. Yesterday the multi-millionaire singer opened up for the first time about her difficulties – revealing she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. The talent show runner-up said that  she feels ‘relieved’ to finally understand ... Read More »

Charity creates mannequins based on the bodies of disabled people to raise awareness in the image-obsessed fashion world

A Swiss charity has created mannequins based on the bodies of disabled people in a bid to raise awareness that no one has a perfect body. Pro Infirmis, an organisation for people with disabilities, worked with people suffering from scoliosis (a curved spine), shortened limbs and a woman in a wheelchair. Each had a mannequin made to perfectly reflect their body shape – which, to ... Read More »