According to a survey by the National Union of Students, 78% – the vast majority – of British university students report that they have experienced mental health issues within the last year. Further, a third report having had suicidal thoughts. At the start of this new university year, Erin Stewart reflects on these figures and on her own student experience. Continue reading “Degrees of distress on the university campus”
With the haul of gold, silver and bronze medals in Rio mounting almost by the hour, there are those disabled people who feel that this festival of sporting talent and excellence does not always serve the cause of disability rights. Mik Scarlet is one. Continue reading “The Paralympics: not everyone is game”
The fictional trial of Helen Titchener for the attempted murder of her abusive and controlling husband Rob has reached its crucial point in BBC Radio 4’s daily soap. Academics Kirsty Liddiard and Katherine Runswick-Cole reflect on how this storyline all too clearly reflects the reality of life for too many disabled women. Continue reading “Archers story is disabled women’s dark reality”
Ahead of the opening of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, here’s another chance to hear Paul Carter’s interview at the end of last year with multi-world record holder and World, European and Paralympic sprint champion Hannah Cockroft.
Kicking off Disability Now’s Paralympic season is this interview with T42 sprinter Julie Rogers. At 17 she’s competing in the 100 metres in Rio but this is not her first Paralympic Games. In 2012 at the age of 13 she was a member of Britain’s seated volleyball team at the London games. She talks to Ian Macrae about her move to track and field, her desire to succeed in disability sport and her realistic hopes and expectations for Rio.
Producer/Presenter: Ian Macrae
Technical support: Richard Armstrong
The general election of 2015 and the EU referendum of 2016 have been two crucial opportunities for votes and voters to shape our future. But as a newly enfranchised disabled voter, Chloe Smith has felt ignored, poorly served and neglected when it comes to information. Continue reading “Young voters, disability and political neglect”