‘Inclusive Barbies a major step in my life’

James Stewart is among those celebrating new Barbie dolls that are being released today. Mattel, the company that makes them, has released a range of more diverse dolls. For the first time, Barbie is seen with a hearing aid, a prosthetic limb and a wheelchair, while a Ken doll has vitiligo. James, who has theContinue reading “‘Inclusive Barbies a major step in my life’”

Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches

A man on crutches has reached Everest base camp – eight years after waking up paralysed. Jamie McAnsh, from Cwmbran, Torfaen, has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) which causes persistent severe and debilitating pain. But after an 11-day trek, Jamie has realised his childhood dream and reached base camp at 5,364m (17,600ft). “There were timesContinue reading “Everest: Jamie McAnsh climbs to base camp on crutches”

Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan’s Paralympians arrival sends out ‘message of hope’

The safe arrival of Afghanistan’s Paralympic athletes in Tokyo sends out “a very strong message of hope”, says International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence.Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli made it to Japan after leaving Kabul in a “major global operation”. They were welcomed to the athletes’ village by a party including IPC president Andrew Parsons.“AsContinue reading “Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan’s Paralympians arrival sends out ‘message of hope’”

Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan Paralympians evacuated from country

Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the country, the International Paralympic Committee has confirmed. Para-taekwondo athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli had been set to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics, which started on Wednesday. But the pair were among thousands of people unable to leave the country after the Taliban seized power.Continue reading “Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan Paralympians evacuated from country”

Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings

A deaf woman has won a claim against the government after a judge found a lack of sign language at two Covid briefings “served to disempower, to frustrate and to marginalise”.Katie Rowley, 36, from Leeds, started court action after the sessions went ahead without interpreters on screen. The government denied breaching its legal obligation toContinue reading “Covid: Deaf woman wins claim over lack of sign language at briefings”

Back to school with a little bear and his hearing aids

Award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus found out he was deaf when he was six, while illustrator Polly Dunbar’s hearing started to go in her twenties.Can Bear Ski? is their first picture book for children and follows a little bear as he discovers he is deaf.Raymond decided to write the story after being a poet in residenceContinue reading “Back to school with a little bear and his hearing aids”

Priyanka Dewan: The roller-skating star who beat disability

Priyanka Dewan was just eight years old when she picked up a pair of roller skates at her mother’s suggestion. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a passion and the 20-year-old is now an international roller-skating champion. In 2019, she won three medals – a gold, silver and bronze – at theContinue reading “Priyanka Dewan: The roller-skating star who beat disability”

Disability and dating: ‘I didn’t know what bisexual was’

LGBT people with learning disabilities have often faced barriers when it comes to their identity – but some are now using their negative experiences to bring about change. “I thought I was going mad, I thought there was something wrong with me.” That’s how Shaun Webster felt when he first realised he was attracted toContinue reading “Disability and dating: ‘I didn’t know what bisexual was’”

Engineer creates robotic glove to help strengthen grip

An Edinburgh engineer has created a robotic glove which uses artificial intelligence to boost muscle grip. Ross O’Hanlon came up with the idea after seeing his aunt, who has multiple sclerosis, struggle to do tasks such as drink water or change the TV channel.He hopes it will help millions of people with hand weaknesses toContinue reading “Engineer creates robotic glove to help strengthen grip”

Covid-19: Essex boy’s lockdown art project auctioned for charity

A 12-year-old boy’s lockdown painting project featuring collaborations with 250 artists from around the world is being auctioned for charity. Noah, who has hydrocephalus, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, began painting on cardboard at home in Dedham, Essex, last March.His father posted on Instagram, asking artists to finish the pictures and the project went viral. TheContinue reading “Covid-19: Essex boy’s lockdown art project auctioned for charity”