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What is life really like for disabled people? The disability diaries reveal all

We asked seven people to keep diaries for a month to document the reality of being disabled in Britain today. Frances Ryan reflects on the issues that arose – public transport, employment, housing, attitudes – and meets four of the diarists<p>Seven things you should stop saying and doing to disabled …

Disability

Have You Ever Felt Lonely?

Most of us will have experienced the overwhelming emotions and negative impact of being alone or isolated at some point in our lives, but if we're …

Disability

The Americans With Disabilities Act Strikes Again -- Movie Theaters Must Now Provide 'Interpreters'

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a vague, feel-good statute that has led to a great many absurd decisions.<p>Last year, for instance, the University of California had to take down thousands of free educational videos because they were not perfectly accessible to those with hearing or …

Disability

The films that are telling the truth about disability

Most depictions of disability by non-disabled actors fail because they cannot understand our culture<p>‘Nothing about us, without us!” – a powerful statement of engagement, created during the disability riots that led to the creation of the Disability Discrimination Act in the UK in 1995, but does it …

Autism

As people with disabilities we shouldn't be denied access to assisted dying

This is not about healthcare; it’s about the right for people with disabilities to be treated as autonomous adults<p>Planning your death is difficult for most people – and it is no different for people with a disability. Like everyone else, we wish for a safe, peaceful, and compassionate death.<p>Some …

Health Care

Congress wants to make Americans with disabilities second-class citizens again

<i>Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, represents Illinois in the U.S. Senate.</i><p>On May 28, 1988, Lisa Carl went to her local movie theater, something millions of Americans can do with ease and comfort. Yet when Lisa tried to go into the theater, the manager refused her ticket, denying her entry because Lisa …

Rights & Freedoms

Don't Be Afraid to Ask About My Physical Disability

I actually want you to ask me about it.<p>When I was eight years old, I was in the middle of ballet class when an excruciating headache came on. I was …

For the Disabled, New York’s Sidewalks Are an Obstacle Course

Dustin Jones must navigate an obstacle course every time he goes out.<p>Mr. Jones, who uses a wheelchair, gets stuck at sidewalk corners where the curb ramp is too broken to roll over or missing altogether. He has to keep going around the block until he finds a usable ramp. The one time he tried to …

Disability Rights

A man with muscular dystrophy traveled the world with a little help from his friends

Kevan Chandler has muscular dystrophy. He recently went from a prognosis of being permanently pinned to his wheelchair to traveling the world with …

Are Disabled Young People Being Set Up To Fail?

The political party conference season is getting in full swing. Housing, the NHS, social care as well as Brexit are among issues prominent on the …

Disability

Can 'sex robots' help disabled people?

They're talked about a lot at the moment, but can "sex robots" help disabled people?<p>Also on this BBC Ouch show, the disabled teen punk who left home to find an independent life for herself in the less-accessible 80s. And the action movie where sign language is a super-power.<p>Presented by Kate …

Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy champion disability rights in uplifting Breathe trailer

The magnetic chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy draws the breath of life into the new trailer for Andy Serkis’ upcoming directorial …

The Nazis’ First Victims Were the Disabled

I sit facing the young German neurologist, across a small table in a theater in Hamburg, Germany. I’m here giving one-on-one talks called “The Unenhanced: What Has Happened to Those Deemed ‘Unfit’,” about my research on Aktion T4, the Nazi “euthanasia” program to exterminate the disabled.<p>“I’m …

Disability

National disability insurance scheme 'faceless' and rigid, inquiry told

Fears children could miss out on crucial early intervention services amid reports of families waiting 18 months for help<p>The national disability insurance scheme has become “faceless”, inaccessible, and risks causing children to miss out on crucial early intervention services, an inquiry has …

Autism

Does fashion care about disabled people and the purple pound?

Britain’s disabled population has a spending power of £80bn, yet, as a frustrating shopping trip to Mayfair proved, many clothes shops are completely inaccessible<p>Have you been unable to shop due to poor accessibility?<p>Since childhood, fashion has always given me joy. It has allowed me to present …

Disability

Chesapeake man charged with stealing almost $129,000 in disability payments

NORFOLK<p>Winston Lee Wise wasn’t supposed to work, according to court documents.<p>Really, he wasn’t supposed to even be able to work. He claimed to have …

Corruption

'Dear Everybody' campaign aims to end disability stigmas

Hundreds of thousands of children and youth in Canada live with a disability of some kind, but what often holds them back from leading full lives …

Disabled teenage girl left mutilated after rats attack her in bed

A paraplegic teenager was left critically ill in hospital after she was attacked by rats as she slept.<p>A swarm of creatures bit the 14-year-old's face …

Without accessible conferences, we lose the voices of disabled academics

Conferences are an essential part of academic life. But disabled attendees can struggle with accessibility, socialising and fatigue<p>Kate Sang is professor of gender and employment studies at Heriot-Watt University<p>Academic conference season is in full swing. For early-career researchers, conferences …

College & University

Disabled people must be front and centre on TV – representation matters

There must be a radical shift in the way people with disabilities, such as journalism student Kyle Gunn, are treated, on and off the screen<p>You may have seen one story of disability discrimination in the news this week: 19-year-old Kyle Gunn, who has cerebral palsy, was told he would fail a …

Disability

Disabled Egyptians make prosthetic limbs for poor

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian development organization that manufactures products for the disabled has opened a workshop in Cairo to make prosthetic limbs for the poor, staffed by workers with disabilities who could otherwise struggle to earn a wage.<p>The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social …

Disability

Disabled Hedgehog Can Finally Walk Again, Thanks to Custom LEGO Wheelchair

This is so sweet we are crying!<p>Here at Unleashed, we try our best to focus on the positive news in the world. (Which is generally easy since we are …

A Sci-Fi Magazine Created Entirely By Writers And Editors With Disabilities Is Coming

Prepare yourself for "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction."<p>“I’m partially deafblind, and I’ve never seen anyone like me in fiction of any type,” writer and activist Elsa Sjunneson-Henry told HuffPost. As an editor of the upcoming magazine “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction,” that is about …

Science Fiction

This blind student Paralympic skier is suing Dartmouth over accessibility

A student at Dartmouth College who is legally blind is suing the school, claiming it failed to provide her with reasonable accommodations for her disability.<p>When Staci Mannella, 21, was deciding which university she wanted to attend as a senior in high school, she had a few criteria it needed to …

College & University

Disabled people are being 'shut out of society' by spending cuts, equality bodies warn

Disabled people are being “increasingly marginalised and shut out of society” as they bear the brunt of Government spending cuts, the UK's equality …

Santa Clara Valley Medical ‘Accessibility Day’ brings fun, hope to people with disabilities

SAN JOSE — Michelle Southwick inched forward on the concrete in front of the Rehabilitation Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Saturday, …

Poorly designed public toilets aren’t just annoying, they’re dehumanizing

Most people will never see the world like Sinéad Burke does. Standing at just 3’ 5″ (105.5 cm), the 26-year old PhD student encounters obstacles in public spaces that most of us take for granted. From the height of the coffee counter in Starbucks to the carousel in an airport security line, she …

Human Rights

Airports are failing disabled passengers, and we are tired of it

The wheelchair assistance I need when taking a flight is badly managed and often delayed. Companies need to treat us the same as able-bodied travellers<p>Returning from Rome after a holiday, my plane taxied to its stand and I waited for all the more ambulatory passengers to disembark. I had wheelchair …

Flying

Please don’t edit me out

<i>Rebecca Cokley is former executive director of the National Council on Disability. She served in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.</i><p>It’s ironic that news of a breakthrough in human gene editing was released on July 26. That was the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, …

Genetics

'A lack of toilets led me to choose surgery'

<b>Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike had to wet herself on a train journey, last year, because the disabled toilet was out of order. Now, she hears from others facing similar problems.</b><p>Marni Smyth has spinal muscular atrophy, and has used a power chair since she was three.<p>She needs a hoist to get on to a …