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Disability news round up: mobile accessibility and action on 'hate crimes'

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 10:11 UK time, Thursday, 24 November 2011

In a special Smart Accessibility feature in The Guardian this week there were several stories about how mobile phones are becoming more accessible to everyone, particularly people with disabilities.

Articles included mobile accessibility: setting the standard,smartphone technology as an accessibility platform, and how accessibility is vitally important for people with disabilities and older mobile users.

Elsewhere in the news:

Basic home care help 'breaching human rights' (BBC News)

Ministers accused of causing fear for disabled people (BBC News)

Mental Health Alliance condemns Deprivation of Liberty rules (BBC News)

Jimmy Carr blasted for 'sick' Down's syndrome joke (The Mail Online)

Shakespeare 'could help doctors become better' (BBC News)

Campaigners call for action on disabled 'hate crimes' (BBC News)

Disabled 'suicidal' over Welfare Reform Bill (BBC News)

David Aaronovitch on the 'abject terror' of ICU psychosis (BBC News)

Police 'killed deaf cyclist with stun gun after he failed to obey instructions to stop' (The Mail Online)

Awareness of mental health highlighted in computer game (BBC News)

Paralympic medallist Danielle Watts' house 'too small' (BBC News)

Cancer survival: Macmillan hails major improvement (BBC News)

Home care services to be inspected under new programme (The Guardian)

Legal aid cuts hitting the vulnerable (The Guardian)

Guardian wins people's choice award for excellence in disability journalism (The Guardian)

Mental health services 'often inhumane' (The Guardian)

Gary McKinnon's mother wins accolade for campaign to reform extradition laws (Mail Online)

Disabled singers barred from karaoke night (The Mirror)

Disabled 'to lose out in Osborne's cuts on benefits (The London Evening Standard)

Cuts are pushing mental health services to the edge, says study (The Independent)

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