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The hardest hit
Dan Slipper | Friday, 28 October 2011

Last weekend protests took place around the country, organised by the UK Disabled People's Council and the Disability Benefits Consortium.  The Hardest Hit events were held in cities including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester one year after the Government's comprehensive spending review.

Organisers expected thousands to take part in the rallys against proposed cuts to disability benefits and said many more would do so if they were physically able.  After the protests, blogger Kaliya Franklin, created a video blog describing 'what it costs' for disabled people to attend such events.



Gene therapy: New hopes to halt blindness
28 October 2011
Researchers in Oxford are developing a genetic therapy which they hope could eventually stop people going blind.

They have treated Jonathan Wyatt who is in his 60s and on the verge of losing his sight.  As Pallab Ghosh reports, if the new technique works, the gene therapy could transform the lives of thousands of people in years to come.  To watch and listen to the full news story go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15489494


Reductions in housing support 'puts vulnerable at risk'
26 October 2011
There are concerns about the effect of local authority cuts on some of the most vulnerable people in England.

A survey found that almost half of councils are reducing Housing Support to older people, those with mental health problems and victims of domestic violence.  To watch this report in details and to listen to the whole of Mike Sergeant report please click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15458041


Olympic torch nomination for injured para Ben Parkinson
7 August 2011
Ben Parkinson has been working out four days a week in his bid to learn to walk again
A paratrooper who suffered devastating injuries in Afghanistan has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, lost both legs and suffered head injuries in a roadside bomb explosion in 2006.  As part of his rehabilitation, the 27-year-old is learning how to walk again on artificial legs.  As a result, his friends have entered his name into the ballot to be an Olympic torch bearer for London 2012.  If chosen, he will be given the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame for one of the legs of the Olympic Torch Relay.

His mother Diane Dernie said, 'We're hopeful because Ben would absolutely love it.  We understand Ben has the same chance as anybody else who's nominated.  His name was put forward by a few of his friends, people he talks to on Facebook and his solicitor.'  She said if chosen she thought he would be allowed to carry the torch over a shorter distance than the usual one mile for torch bearers.  'He's already working out four days a week so he'll be able to carry the torch,' said Mrs Dernie.  'He can walk about 50 yards with crutches and it's got immeasurably better in the last few weeks.  He's got a year until the Olympics so he'd be fine by then.'