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How tongue-piercings and sensors can help paralyzed people drive wheelchairs

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>A team at Georgia Tech has come up with an ingenious way to steer a wheelchair if you can’t move your limbs and torso: your …

Ideology meets idiocy in these brutal disability cuts

Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefits regime, beset by mishaps, not only smears the vulnerable but makes no economic sense<p>Another mishap yesterday rammed into the back of Iain Duncan Smith's pile-up of car crashes, as his roll-out of new disability benefits was delayed, yet again. His Work …

Labour must follow its radical disabilities report with action

Making Rights a Reality offers solutions to counter the erosion of support under the coalition – MPs have a duty to fight for change<p>Sickness and disability campaigners know all too well what the coalition are doing, and it fills them with dread. Even if we ignore the lives, hopes and dreams behind …

Why I'm lobbying parliament for disabled rights

The right to live freely and with dignity should be available to all, yet the government threatens our most basic, hard-won rights<p>I arrived earlier this week to deliver a poetry workshop. I discovered that there was no obvious wheelchair access to the building as refurbishments were taking place. A …

An App to Nab Jerks Who Illegally Use Disabled Parking

Disability cuts: fighting the Independent Living Fund closure

Local authorities must fight the decision to close the fund that allows disabled people to feel part of society<p>Anthony from Bradford says that life has come to a standstill for his disabled brother, without the Independent Living Fund.<p>"His social life disappeared because he could not access the …

MPs say ‘No Go Britain’ must end for disabled people

For followers of <b>No Go Britain,</b> it will not come as a surprise. But perhaps this time it will make more of a difference.<p>In a new, wide-ranging report, …

Labour to create new offence of disability hate crime

Liam Byrne to announce policy at conference on Sunday and reveal party will sack Atos from work capability assessments<p>Labour will legislate to introduce a specific criminal charge of disability hate crime amid growing evidence that victims are being let down.<p>Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions …

Special theatres give the disabled self-expression - Russia Beyond

The most expressive performance of Viktor Tsoi’s song “Peremen” (“Change”)—a rebellious hymn of the Russian youth of the 1980s—is done in sign-language. Dressed in black in front of a dark backdrop, a young man performs a sign-translation of the song with flawless plasticity, substantiating the …

The Tory vilification of disabled people is truly sick

George Osborne's plans to force disabled people into work will only create more hostility towards those who are already vulnerable<p>George Osborne's workfare policy threatens to lump all claimants together, just as Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit takes the same broad brush to those in need of …

Is Disney Dissing the Disabled to Solve Its Cheating Problem?

Experiencing Disney's (DIS) theme parks in this country is going to change for guests with disabilities next week, and they're probably not going to …

Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance'

If you watched <i>Ironside</i> this week on NBC, you probably noticed the differences between the new detective show and the original that preceded it. The first show ran from 1967-1975 and starred Raymond Burr, best known for his starring role as lawyer Perry Mason in the '50s and '60s. The current show — …

Head to head – Disability protest: the right to an independent life

Why have campaigners been protesting outside the headquarters of disability charity Scope?<p>THE PROTESTERS<p>As part of our recent week of action, about 30 disabled supporters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie) picketed disability charity Scope's …

Disabled people will be further isolated by this mobility payment crackdown

Whatever ministers think, disability doesn't begin and end with a wheelchair. Restricting mobility payments to those who can walk less than 20 metres will have a devastating impact<p>The government's decision this week to severely curtail access to mobility payments condemns people with serious …

Disable Blur Effects in iOS 7 for Easier Reading, Better Performance

iOS 7 has its fair share of annoyances, but one that a lot of people have grown to dislike is the blurry background in Notification Center, …

Disabled People Against Cuts block front entrance of BBC Portland Place

<b>Post updates below</b><p>Some video I took at today’s DPAC protest in Portland Place. People in the group locked themselves together outside of the front …

Disabled people shouldn't have to wear a Paralympic tracksuit

Attending functions as a Paralympian, I'm treated with the utmost respect. Out shopping, it's a very different story<p>A stadium roars, a pool erupts, a nation celebrates. Cockcroft, Peacock, Simmonds and Storey. Gold, gold, gold, gold. There's no doubt that the Paralympic Games of 2012 – which opened …