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FA aims to be ‘beacon for society’ as it reveals first disability football plan

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The Football Association has pledged to increase the number of people playing disability football in England by 50% in three years, as it announced its first plan to support the game. Currently 4.5% of people with dis...

‘Our humour gets very dark, very fast’: The Last Leg presenters on busting disability taboos

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“Our catchphrase was, ‘What are they going to do, sack us?’” says Adam Hills. “We were only meant to be on air for 10 days, so we were happy to push boundaries. Little did we suspect we’d still be here nine years late...

US couple withdraws legal action against ABC over claim they abandoned surrogate child with a disability

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A couple who claimed the ABC portrayed them as abandoning their surrogate child with a disability in Ukraine will have to pay the broadcaster’s legal costs after withdrawing their defamation case. Matthew Etnyre and h...

Government disability strategy risks becoming a ‘car crash’, says Tory peer

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The launch of the government’s long-awaited disability strategy risks becoming a car crash if ministers do not do more to listen to the views of people with disabilities before releasing it, a Conservative peer has sa...

Jarred McGinnis: ‘You don’t have to be disabled to write about disability, but you’d better get it right’

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As an author with a visible and physical disability, it was inevitable that I would be asked to write about disability in literature – I’m a paraplegic and full-time manual wheelchair user, for those keeping score. Wh...

When a child is born: the film lifting the lid on surrogacy, race and disability

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There are two films called The Surrogate. The first is a made-for-TV movie about an obsessive fan who cons her way into a writer’s life by carrying their baby. “I’ve seen that movie,” says the director Jeremy Hersh, p...

Hospital admissions up to eight times higher for people with intellectual disability, Australian study finds

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Potentially avoidable hospitalisations occur at a rate up to eight times higher for people with intellectual disability than the general population, according to new research. Advocates say the findings point to an ur...

‘No one to call out to’: Sydney disability group home resident allegedly punched and kicked

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The mother of a 24-year-old man with severe intellectual disability has told an inquiry a support worker allegedly punched and kicked her son and once pulled his chair from under him so he would fall down. The disabil...

Some 130 people died of a terminal illness before Centrelink granted disability support pension

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Some 130 people diagnosed with a terminal illness died before Centrelink granted them access to the disability support pension last year, new data reveals. The figures were provided to the Senate in response to questi...

Australians with a disability ‘forgotten’ in coronavirus vaccine rollout, advocates say

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Australia’s former disability discrimination commissioner and disability advocates have condemned the failure to prioritise disability care in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, saying residents and support staff were blin...

Sound of Metal review – Riz Ahmed keeps swirling disability drama on the beat

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The existential issue of disability is worried at in this vehemently acted addiction-recovery drama about a heavy-metal drummer who suddenly experiences hearing loss. Clearly, very personal experiences are here being ...

Disability services take Covid vaccinations ‘into their own hands’ amid rollout failures

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Failures with the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout are forcing residential disability care providers to circumvent the system and approach general practitioners directly to secure supplies for vulnerable ...