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

Enough tokenism. Show us some disabled superheroes for kids to look up to

Peppa Pig with a walking frame? It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and time children’s TV heroes spoke to a vital demographic of young viewers.

How can the Atos boss get a bonus of £1million while disabled people suffer?

As disabled people are re-assessed by Atos, many are shocked to see the mammoth bonus handed out.

We're being left out of the big society, say the deaf

Thousands of deaf people are socially excluded because of a lack of adequate services for sign language users, campaigners say.

Fourteen disabled people die in fire at German workshop

Police said that the victims died from burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze

It's a difficult question for any disabled person to answer: would I want to be cured?

The back-and-forth between parents on whether they'd want their child cured of Down's Syndrome made me reflect on my own condition

London bids for Paralympic Athletics World Championships

London has entered the race to host the 2017 Paralympic Athletics World Championships, which will be held just a month before the city hosts the World Athletics Championships.

Blitz generation bears the brunt of £500m crisis in social care

Funding gap is damaging the dignity and health of those aged over 85, charity warns

Taxpayer will not foot Olympic bill as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped Locog meet £2.4 billion cost

The taxpayer will not have to make up any Olympic budget shortfall as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped organisers Locog meet the £2.4 billion cost needed to stage the Games.

How can it be that a disabled man needs to go on hunger strike just to get heard by Atos?

A man with physical disabilities and mental health issues is on hunger strike in Wales, after having his disability benefits cut.

1,749. The Royal Mail promises to paint postboxes gold in the hometowns of medal winners. Laura Trott gets two after someone points out that she is not, in fact, from Harlow

Olympic postboxes to stay gold, says Royal Mail

Royal Mail postboxes painted gold to celebrate Britain's Olympic winners will not be returned to red.

Pupils being granted more time to finish exams, official figures reveal

Pupils are increasingly being granted extra time to complete GCSE and A-level exams, official figures showed today.

'Hidden crisis' of hearing loss

Up to 250,000 elderly people in England have undiagnosed or unsupported hearing loss because of a "hidden crisis" in care homes, a charity warned.

Micah Richards is taken off in the Premier League game against Swansea

Manchester City defender Micah Richards out for four months

Micah Richards will be out of action for far longer than originally feared and expects to be sidelined for up to four months after having surgery on the knee injury he suffered on Saturday.

Steve Finn says it is ‘up to me to set the tone’ against Chris Gayle

Steven Finn injury rocks England's tour of India

Steven Finn gave England significant cause for concern as he limped out of the attack with a thigh injury on an awkward first day of their India tour.

The cruel are finally punished: Six care workers jailed on charges of shocking patient abuse at Winterbourne View

The Panorama footage of care workers abusing patients showed physical abuse and threats.

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