Voices

Disabled people shouldn't be forced to shop on the internet. The high street should be available and accessible to everyone

Don't forget the word 'disability', but don't pity it either

The Paralympics offered a positive platform to disabled people, but it's the meaning attached to 'disability' that's the problem.

Why Oscar will always be my hero

Tales From The Water Cooler: Oscar lost, he was sick, someone stuck a microphone in his face and he sounded off

Why I'm happy that FHM listed the
hottest female Paralympians

The racy men's magazine is known for objectifying women -

but if they're going to do it, they should include all women.

Team GB's shooter Di Coates

Shelagh Fogarty: Some mothers do have 'em – nerves that is

Alastair Hignell said that he was overwhelmed by the scale and variety

Leading article: A fantastic show – but it wasn't the whole story

The Paralympics opening ceremony made an admirable effort not to sentimentalise disability

Martin Dougan: A day of action to match thrills of the opening ceremony

You've got Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis. Now people are even starting to realise it's OK to fancy disabled people
Sebastian Rodriguez in action

Rodriguez defies age barrier and chequered past to secure silver

Spanish swimmer who went on hunger strike wins 13th medal

Dressage superstar Lee Pearson one step closer to being crowned Team GB’s greatest ever Paralympian

Dressage superstar Lee Pearson is one step closer to being crowned Great Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian after finishing top of his class in the Team test at Greenwich – but only just after what he dubbed a “rider error”.

Disabled former Royal Marine Commando speaks of zip wire entry into Paralympics opening ceremony

Some people paid hundreds of pounds to get prime seating at last night's opening ceremony. But Joe Townsend got a bird's eye view of the stadium for free.

Brazilians Romario Diego Marques and Jose Roberto Ferreira de Oliveira

Paralympics: Goalball gets underway at the Copperbox

When the Copperbox played host to the handball during the Olympic Games it quickly gained a reputation for being one of the park's more raucous venues. Today the atmosphere was markedly more sedate. But when you play goalball, silence is golden.

Sarah Storey celebrates breaking the world record

Cycling: Team GB's Sarah Storey sets world record at the velodrome

Great Britain's Sarah Storey set one of four world records in the opening session of Paralympic competition at the London 2012 velodrome.

Enjoy the drama and focus on the ability, not disability

It is pointless to pretend not to be interested in the thousands of extraordinary roads that have led this week to Stratford, from all over the world. Or that the background stories of the individuals gathered in the stadium last night do not matter.

The show included a representation of the Big Bang followed by a Busby Berkeley model of an expanding universe

First Night: Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Olympic Stadium

From Sir Ian McKellen's take on The Tempest to Orbital's Spasticus Autisticus, this was an epic adventure

Oscar Pistorius, Jerome Singleton and Ryley Batt

If you thought the Olympians were amazing, just wait for these Paralympic athletes

It is pointless to pretend not to be interested in the thousands of extraordinary roads that have lead this week to Stratford from all over the world. Or that the backstories of the individuals gathered in the stadium last night do not matter. Or that the Paralympic Games are only about elite sport and nothing else.

BPA distributes 'how-to' guide to media as part of drive to change perceptions

The British Paralympic Association has issued a "guide to reporting on Paralympic sport" to the media, many of whom are covering their first Games, as part of its attempt to "positively affect the way that British society thinks, feels and behaves towards disabled people in general".

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