Ouch disability talk show 105: Biswas not Tiswas

On this month's show: Our citizen journalists report on assistance animals and cures for disability, plus the student whose path altered when she became disabled in the first week of her dance A-level.

Also, the alternative politics of Asperger comedian Don Biswas and the pending trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Rob Crossan and Kate Monaghan present.

With interviews and topical chat, Ouch loves to explore the little things in disability life. Find it on this website monthly.

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Show notes

Find out more about this month's guests and discussions with our selection of links.

  • Up-and-coming comedian Don Biswas joins us. He performs political comedy and also routines about having Asperger's syndrome and dyspraxia. His website contains a video of him performing at London's Comedy Store.
  • Laura Jones from Stopgap Dance Company talks about Artificial Things, the company's touring show that she's in. Now 31 and having performed in the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, she tells of how things looked very different for her when she became disabled in the first week of beginning a dance A-level as a teenager.
  • Our citizen journalists on the show this month are Wendy Morrell (follow her on Twitter) and Jocelyn Tomkinson (listen to her podcast Gimphacks). They are our new correspondents bringing us the latest on assistance animals and cures, respectively. What's your subject? Would you like to be a citizen journalist for Ouch? Do you have any news from your corner of the disability world? Nothing is too niche or small for us. Email ouch@bbc.co.uk.
  • The Oscar Pistorius trial starts on 3 March in Pretoria, South Africa. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year. The Paralympic and Olympic athlete admits to having fired a gun through the locked toilet door but says he had thought there was an intruder. He maintains Steenkamp's death was a terrible accident. BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding tells us what the South African public are talking about and we hear from the chief exec of a 24-hour TV channel set up to cover the trial.
  • Blind Kenyan rapper Paul Mugambi brings us music with disability attitude. Watch the video of his song on YouTube.

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