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Guardian Christmas appeal: across the disabling divide | Editorial

As cutbacks bite, our campaign backs charities that share the noble fight against the segregation that can blight disabled lives David Cameron put it as well as anyone. Discussing what the Paralympics had achieved, he recalled pushing his late disabled son around the streets, and reflected : "I always thought some people saw the...
Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal raises over £200,000

Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal raises over £200,000

Money donated by generous readers will be shared equally between eight charities. Still 11 days to go With 11 days to go before it closes, the Guardian and Observer's Christmas appeal 2012 has so far raised £214k for eight disability charities. The money donated by generous readers will be shared equally between the appeal...
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Worst effects of austerity yet to be felt, disability advice charity warns

Worst effects of austerity yet to be felt, disability advice charity warns

Disability Law Service, which provides advice to disabled clients facing cuts, expects surge in demand for its services in 2013 2013 looks like being a historic year for disabled people - but for the wrong reasons, says Disability Law Service , one of the Guardian's eight Christmas appeal charities . Disability Law Service is...
For Britain's disabled people, the Paralympics couldn't make 2012 golden | Sue Marsh

For Britain’s disabled people, the Paralympics couldn’t make 2012 golden | Sue Marsh

A summer of sporting glory can't disguise the cruel reality of rising hate crime and cuts to disability services As the floods flood and the cold bites, our glorious, golden summer seems a lifetime away. The union flags, the tinsel and the gold medals are now gathering dust on our shelves. We do still...
Paralympic honours row: David Weir should have got a knighthood, says MP

Paralympic honours row: David Weir should have got a knighthood, says MP

Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe says honours committee missed an opportunity to show consistency in sporting awards The former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has weighed into the controversy about perceived double-standards for Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the New Year honours list.
Oily Cart company specialises in theatre for youngsters with complex disabilities

Oily Cart company specialises in theatre for youngsters with complex disabilities

Through multisensory and interactive performances, Oily Cart aims to communicate with children thought of as 'hard to reach' "Why should severely disabled kids be denied theatre?" This is the question which motivates Oily Cart , one of Britain's leading theatre companies, and one of the eight Guardian 2012 Christmas appeal charities. It specialises in...
Jack Ashley remembered by Bernard Donoughue

Jack Ashley remembered by Bernard Donoughue

The tireless campaigner for disability rights never forgot his working-class roots, says his friend and fellow Labour peer Jack Ashley was a widely admired MP and campaigner; his friend Lord Donoughue served as senior policy adviser to the Labour government of 1974-79. I first met Jack Ashley about 50 years ago in a pub...

A letter to … my husband’s physiotherapist

The letter you always wanted to write Perhaps you are just doing your job. You're putting your many years of training and experience into practice and earning a good living. But your nine o'clock client happens to be my husband of 17 years.
Christmas appeal telethon: Guardian and Observer writers take readers' calls

Christmas appeal telethon: Guardian and Observer writers take readers’ calls

Want to speak to Alan Rusbridger, discuss politics with Polly Toynbee, family life with Lucy Mangan, football with Richard Williams or analyse films with Peter Bradshaw? Guardian and Observer writers and editors will be answering the phones on Saturday 22 December from 10am to 6pm to chat and take credit card donations for this...
Let's hope Seb White's M&S ad heralds many more happy Christmases | Frances Ryan

Let’s hope Seb White’s M&S ad heralds many more happy Christmases | Frances Ryan

M&S is the first big brand to hire a model with Down's syndrome.
Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2012: Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People

Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2012: Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

After Warren Veale was seriously brain-damaged in a road accident, the Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People became his lifeline When Warren Veale walks up the aisle with his bride Molly next month, it will symbolise a remarkable comeback from dreadful injury, not just his transition to married life.
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...