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Vaughan | 14:41 UK time, Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Radio 1 DJ Nihal, who presents Let Me Into the Music

Radio 1 DJ Nihal, who presents Let Me Into the Music on BBC Radio 1

For disabled fans of live music, access to venues and festivals can be a lottery. But is it really too much to ask to see your favourite band without it turning into an obstacle course or military operation?

In Let Me Into the Music, part of BBC Radio 1's Stories series, DJ Nihal takes listeners on tour, backstage and into the mosh pit with gig-goers and artists across the disability spectrum, finding out what equal access means to them and why it should matter to everyone. Along the way he checks out a legendary rock venue out of hours, tours a tiny pub venue with Blaine from the Mystery Jets, meets young disabled performers doing it for themselves, feels the vibrations from a deaf rave DJ set, and finds out just what it takes to put on a totally accessible gig. Young disabled people talk about their experiences as music fans, and reveal that while disabled access has come a long way since the campaigning charity Attitude is Everything formed in 2000, there's still a long way to go. (Programme available until Monday 21 May, 10.02pm)

Also on iPlayer

The Disabled Century (BBC Four)
The second episode of this series chronicling events of the 20th century from the perspective of disabled people, originally shown in 1999, looks at whether the creation of the welfare state made life better for Britain's disabled community, and at the rights that disabled groups, including blind people and those affected by thalidomide, began to demand. (Available until Thursday 17 May, 12.24am)

The Trouble with Moody Teens (BBC Radio 4)
In every school class, at least one teenager will need urgent treatment for clinical depression. With thousands of under-16s on anti-depressants, there is concern that mental health problems amongst youngsters are on the rise. So what is the difference between typical teen behaviour and something more serious? Presenter Miranda Sawyer hears from young people who speak frankly about their thoughts and feelings, often hidden from those around them. (Available until Friday 18 May, 11.32am)

Desert Island Discs: Baroness Hollins (BBC Radio 4)
Kirsty Young's castaway is Baroness Sheila Hollins, an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry who has specialised in the health and welfare of people with learning disabilities; advising on policy and influencing attitudes. One of her four children has a learning disability and that has brought a particular focus to her professional ambitions.

Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4)
Next Monday, the National Autistic Society publishes The Way We Are: Autism in 2012 - the charity's largest ever autism survey. Woman's Hour has early access to the findings relating to the particular challenges women can face in getting their needs identified, particularly those who have Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism.

All in the Mind (BBC Radio 4)
Looking at taking mental health care into the community via 'Street Therapy', as well as a discussion on why and how the 200-year-old laws on the verdict of 'Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity' needs to be updated and modernised.

In Touch (BBC Radio 4)
Professor Andrew Lotery discusses the trials comparing the drugs Avastin and Lucentis as a treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and why he feels there is now enough information for guidance to be issued to clinicians. Plus Tony Shearman reports from the Olympic Stadium on the Paralympic test event, which allowed athletes to see and try out facilities for the first time.

See Hear (BBC Two)
The programme goes down on the farm with an assistant herdsman to find out what life is like for a deaf dairy farmer and his 120 cows. Plus, the series looking at influential deaf people from the past continues with a profile of Scottish artist Walter Geikie.

Outlook (BBC World Service)
Extraordinary personal stories from around the world, including blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng telling the story of his dramatic escape from house arrest.

Radio Wales Arts Show (BBC Radio Wales)
Nicola Heywood Thomas chats to Cheryl Martin, director of 'Birds', the latest production from Disability Arts Cymru's Unusual Stage School. (Available until Friday 18 May, 6.02am)

Something Special (CBeebies)
Educational series for four- to seven-year-old children with learning difficulties.

Coming up

The Disabled Century (BBC Four. Wednesday 23 May, 11.30pm)
The 1999 series chronicling events of the 20th century from the perspective of disabled people reaches its final episode, and looks at the problems disabled people faced as they moved out of institutions and into the community. The 1980s and 90s proved to be a turning point, as more people were prepared to fight for wider recognition and rights.


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