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News round-up: London 2012 Paralympics passes the 100-day countdown

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Vaughan | 08:45 UK time, Friday, 25 May 2012

Last Monday, 21 May, marked 100 days to go before the long-awaited opening of the London 2012 Paralympics on Wednesday 29 August. With this milestone came a flurry of stories.

The president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sir Philip Craven, looked ahead to the future as he suggested - in an interview you'll be able to hear in the next edition of the Ouch! disability talk show - that the Olympics and Paralympics could merge into a single event after 2020.

There was controversy for the IPC and Craven too, as Atos, the company whose UK healthcare arm is responsible for delivering Work Capability Assessments for disabled people on Incapacity Benefits, was named as a "top sponsor" of the Paralympics.

Meanwhile, Baroness Grey-Thompson issued a warning about the government's planned disability benefit cuts, voicing her concern that they will affect the development of disabled athletes and undermine the Games' aim of widening access to sport for disabled people.

More of the week's headlines

A third of parents of disabled children took out loans to buy basics last year (The Guardian, Thursday 24 May)

Many NHS trusts 'rationing cataract surgery' (BBC News, Thursday 24 May)

GPs call for work capability assessment to be scrapped (The Guardian, Wednesday 23 May)

NICE releases new pain relief guidelines (BBC News, Wednesday 23 May)

Fergus Walsh: Morphine and pain control (BBC News, Wednesday 23 May)

Diabetes care 'has been failing for decade' (BBC News, Wednesday 23 May)

Chelsea Flower Show: Furzey learning disability garden wins gold (BBC News, Tuesday 22 May)

Disability rights activist eyes Orwell prize (The Guardian, Tuesday 22 May)

App shines light on mental health patients' moods (The Guardian, Tuesday 22 May)

App shines light on mental health patients' moods (The Guardian, Tuesday 22 May)

America leads the way on support for disabled children (The Guardian, Tuesday 22 May)

Oscar Pistorius stays on track to compete at Olympics and Paralympics (The Guardian, Tuesday 22 May)

How your dog can smell a diabetic attack before it strikes (Daily Mail, Tuesday 22 May)

Recession prompts rise in calls to mental health lines (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

Councils 'failing to assess needs of carers of people with autism' (The Guardian, Monday 21 May)

British Paralympic Association unveils 'five-year vision' to widen remit (The Guardian, Monday 21 May)

Fashion label caters for disabled women (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

West Berkshire Council faces High Court challenge over social care cuts (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

Pioneering treatment could restore sight (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

Fixing bodies broken in years of Arab world violence (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

London 2012: Coldplay to headline Paralympic ceremony (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

Paralympic Games: London needs to learn from Beijing and Sydney (The Guardian, Monday 21 May)

Chen Guangcheng could be back in China within 12 months (The Guardian, Monday 21 May)

Olympic torch carried by determined Parkinson's patient (BBC News, Monday 21 May)

London 2012 Paralympics: International Paralympic chief wants to use games to change perceptions (The Telegraph, Monday 21 May)

Stuttering Asda worker 'sacked because his desperate efforts to speak were interpreted as aggressive behaviour' (Daily Mail, Monday 21 May)

China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US (BBC News, Sunday 20 May)

London 2012 Olympics: Paralympian Sophia Warner lands key job with UK Athletics (The Telegraph, Sunday 20 May)


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