Disability news round up: Gervais gets in trouble and a warning from charity Scope
Earlier this week actor Ricky Gervais was criticised for his use of the word 'mong' in some of his tweets.
In a blog post, Ouch Talk Show guest Nicky Clark asked him to stop using the word.
While Deborah Orr, writing for guardian.co.uk, accused him of being "no more than a verbal thug."
Wheelchair user Marie Dedieu, a French woman kidnapped from Kenya by Somali gunmen, died in captivity. She had been abducted by an armed gang from her beachfront home earlier this month and the medication she needed to take for cancer and heart problems had been withheld.
And the charity Scope warned that disabled people risk losing essential payments under planned benefits changes.
Elsewhere in the news:
Remploy's future to be decided (The Today programme on Radio 4)
Bats inspire ultrasonic cane for blind (BBC News)
Stem call patent ban (BBC News)
Blog: Harassing people on benefits degrades us all (The Guardian)
A new view of self-harm (The Guardian)
Lack of disabled access to Parliament highlights wider problem of access (Left Foot Forward)