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Taking DLA away from disabled people is a dangerous experiment | Jane Young

Taking DLA away from disabled people is a dangerous experiment | Jane Young

Disabled people need extra help with playing their part in society. That's at risk under the personal independence payment scheme For disabled people like me and thousands of others, the disability living allowance (DLA) could be described as the glue that holds our lives together. The higher-rate mobility component, in particular, has provided me...
Experience: First I lost my sight, then I broke my back

Experience: First I lost my sight, then I broke my back

'I'm in a wheelchair but I refuse to accept that my story ends here' I spent my childhood walking a fine line between being a boisterous young boy and avoiding contact sports to protect my eyesight. I had lost the sight in one eye at the age of five when my retina became detached...
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Rewind radio: Today; Beyond Disability – Adventures of a Blue Badger; It’s My Story – The Long Walk; The Spirit of Schubert – review

In a Today programme feature on the island of Sark, Sarah Montague teased out a powerful story of mystery and intimidation Today (Radio 4) | iPlayer Beyond Disability: Adventures of a Blue Badger (5 Live) | iPlayer It's My Story: The Long Walk (Radio 4) | iPlayer Schubert (Radio 3) | iPlayer The Today...

At Last; My Own Place.

I’m enjoying ‘faffing’ in my ‘new house’.  Doing what I want, when I want – great!  I can’t believe it has really happened.   I have SMA Type two; I’m 45 and have just moved out of Mum & Dad’s. I had a great time living with my parents and although many of my friends have been...

No disability living allowance for me. Nowhere to turn for many more | Sue Marsh

Millions of us are living in terror of brown envelopes arriving from the Department for Work and Pensions I'm a disability campaigner.
My Story: Driving Ambition

My Story: Driving Ambition

Ever since my father passed away a number of years ago, I have wanted to prove to people that I can learn to drive. I was told by many a professional that I would never have the ability, let alone the courage to get through the barriers that I would have to face. I was...

Martin Amis: Only brain injury could make me write for children

Children's authors have expressed anger over 'insult' to their work on BBC programme Remarks about children's books made by Martin Amis on the BBC's new book programme Faulks on Fiction , broadcast this week, have caused anger and offence among children's writers. "People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children's book,"...

The hidden battle of grandparent carers | Helen Collett

The growing number of UK grandparents who, like me, care full-time for children need more support from social services There are many reasons why grandparents might be raising their grandchildren: a relationship breakdown between the child's parents, illness, addiction or violence. Whatever the reason, it is believed that around 200,000 grandparents in the UK...

My Story: Tim Rushby-Smith

Three years ago an accident left Tim Rushby-Smith facing sudden disability – just as he was about to become a father for the first time. He explains how he learned to face the future head on and build a new life – as a man, a husband and a father.

My Story: If You Fall…

Back in 1993, a rock-climbing accident left Karen Darke paralysed from the chest down. Though the life she’d previously known had come to an end, time and the inspiration of friends and family – plus a lot of trial and error on her part – has led to a new meaningful and fulfilling life, as...

My Story: ‘I Knew I Had The Ability’

Back in 1994, Michael Caines lost his right arm in a car accident. Two weeks later, the up and coming chef was back in the kitchen, as he explains to Laura Dunlop. Michael Caines is a success.

My Story: Belinda Hollowood

Belinda Hollowood hasn’t let Turner Syndrome – a chromosome condition that affects only women and invariably leads to short stature and infertility – stop her from enjoying life. I was born on Boxing Day, 1962 in a small nursing home in Bilston, near Wolverhampton. I was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at birth, but did not...