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Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, left, surges ahead of Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock, right, to set a new world record in winning the men’s 100m T43/44 event in front of a packed house

Anniversary Games: Alan Oliveira’s new 100m record puts Rio 2016 in spotlight

That the last world record on this track went to a Paralympic athlete seemed a fitting finale to the closing act of the first part of the Olympic Stadium’s life. It has played host to the transformation of a movement and on Sunday it hosted a full-house of 65,000 to celebrate what Paralympic sport has become to this country in the space of a year. Outside the Paralympic Games it is the largest ever audience for such an event.

Disabled forced to turn to high-cost credit

As the Government slashes £28bn from the financial support handed to disabled people, a report published this week suggests half of them are being forced to use credit cards or loans to pay for everyday essentials.

Protesters carry placards during a protest against Atos outside the company's head office in London last year

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The Red Arrows fly over Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Olympics legacy: A fortnight of positive attitudes is not enough

The Paralympics were a breakthrough moment. They were a great opportunity to think about disability in a different way and for disabled people to be much more visible.

An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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'OK Glass' chosen as it denotes 'approval, acceptance, agreement, assent, or acknowledgement'

Andy Reed: It’s a 10-year journey, not a sprint

The Games raised the UK’s self-esteem and boosted business and the economy. More major sporting events are taking place on UK soil, which will help to keep that taste of excitement in the air. The challenge now is to inspire the spectators to take a more active role in sport.

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Training follows complaints about figures published by Iain Duncan Smith's department

Hundreds of thousands of carers will be promised new rights in the Queen’s Speech as the number of elderly and vulnerable people being looked after by family members continues to soar

The Government has no idea how cuts are impacting on disabled people - and no intention of measuring

Today Labour's Liam Byrne is demanding that the Government carry out a cumulative impact assessment to find out how welfare reforms are really affecting families

Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer, has resigned for a second time in less than six months over comments he made about the disabled

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He resigned in 2011 after saying that 'disabled children should be put down' 

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Carers are being forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity because of the so-called bedroom tax. Despite Government promises to protect them from the under-occupancy charge, one in six carers forced to pay it are falling behind on their rent and face eviction, research by Carers UK shows.

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Karipbek Kuyukov couldn't enter the country because he couldn't provide fingerprints

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Andrea Begley, the partially-sighted winner of The Voice talent search, has called for better treatment of disabled fans at gigs and insisted that she will use her victory to launch a successful music career.

Oscar Pistorius as the South African Paralympic star

Oscar Pistorius resumes 'low key' training - but with no competitive return in sight

Official statement say focus for Paralympian who allegedly murdered his girlfriend 'remains entirely on the court case'

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