Disability

Disabled benefits claimants are being unfairly investigated
Activism

Disabled benefits claimants are being unfairly investigated

Cruel system — The government is using an algorithm forcing people into gruelling and invasive benefit fraud investigations. Now, disabled people who claim they have been unfairly targeted are mounting a fight back.

Written by: Anna Dent

Photos documenting Sierra Leone’s amputee football team
Culture

Photos documenting Sierra Leone’s amputee football team

The Flying Stars — A new photo series by Todd Antony spotlights a talented team of players who are overcoming adversity and finding solace through football.

Written by: Huck

Do the Paralympics enforce harmful narratives?
Activism

Do the Paralympics enforce harmful narratives?

Behind the glory — The Paralympics is often celebrated for encouraging inclusivity and increasing disability awareness – but there’s also a growing concern that the games help to cultivate dangerous tropes about disabled people.

Written by: Erin Ekins

Covid proves the government is killing disabled people
Activism

Covid proves the government is killing disabled people

Callous system — During the second wave of the pandemic, it was revealed that Covid patients with learning disabilities were given DNR orders. While shocking, the news spoke to a long history of sacrifices disproportionately falling on the shoulders of disabled people.

Written by: Erin Ekins

Disabled people don't want handouts: we want equality
Opinion

Disabled people don't want handouts: we want equality

Visibility now — To mark 25 years this month since the Disability Discrimination Act came into effect, in an extract from her book 'Crippled', writer Frances Ryan argues that it's time to stop seeing disabled people as a drain on the public purse and to defend their fundamental rights.

Written by: Frances Ryan

The DJ throwing virtual raves for the deaf
Huck Docs

The DJ throwing virtual raves for the deaf

Beyond The Screen In Lockdown — From raves for the deaf to Black ballet dancers and ‘outcast’ amateur wrestlers, now more than ever, communities are coming together online to keep their real-life connections alive. In our latest film series, we meet organisers that are pivoting during the pandemic and finding novel ways to take action.

Written by: Huck

Inside a music producer’s battle with epilepsy
Music

Inside a music producer’s battle with epilepsy

When the world falls away — A new short film tells the story of Alex Parish, who has spent years struggling with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy – one of the more common, but mysterious, physical conditions.

Written by: Huck

Those living with disabilities face discrimination every day
Opinion

Those living with disabilities face discrimination every day

We need to be more vigilant — Living with a chronic illness, Dawn Foster has seen first-hand how society discriminates against disabled people. Despite arguing against it endlessly, she still faces prejudice on a regular basis.

Written by: Dawn Foster

The climber who conquered the cliff that paralysed him
Activism

The climber who conquered the cliff that paralysed him

Disabled not unable — After an accident while attempting to ascend the notorious sheer faced Totem Pole climb 18 years ago, Paul Pritchard was told he would never climb again. But last year he returned to Tasmania determined to conquer the climb that paralysed him.

Written by: Paden Vaughan

The inspirational legacy of disabled skate legend Jon Comer
Skate

The inspirational legacy of disabled skate legend Jon Comer

Living beyond your limits — In the mid-nineties, adaptive skateboarder Jon Comer made a name for himself in skate circles around the world, proving that having a prosthetic limb cannot hold you back from pursuing what you love. Filmmaker Ben Stoddard looks at Comer’s legacy in this tender, short documentary which follows skater Oscar Loreto Jr.

Written by: Christopher Saunders

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