The white cane school ban story
- 23 November 2015
It was reported this week that seven-year-old Lily-Grace Hooper was told by her school that she could no longer use her white cane to get about in order to protect the safety of others. The school said it was a temporary measure until they could discuss it further with the family but the story spread like wildfire.
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Tales from blind train travellers
- 16 November 2015
What is it like when you're walking down a station platform and the ground disappears from under you? What goes through your head and what would you do? Listen to three blind people tell tales of near misses, close shaves and stepping in to thin air.
Choices and rights: The story of the Disability Discrimination Act
- 6 November 2015
The November 2015 Ouch talk show is out and it's a bumper edition.
This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the passing of the first disability anti-discrimination law in the UK. A good time to look back at the disability rights movement, so vibrant during the period, to take stock of what's been achieved, and hear some views on what campaigners believe is still left to be done.
Do disability Halloween costumes offend?
- 2 November 2015
On this edition of Inside Ouch: It's Halloween once again. Children and grown-ups are dressing in costumes from Frozen's Elsa and cute pumpkins through to witches, wizards and ghosties.
But does it slip into thoughtless bad taste when we try to turn wheelchairs into scaremobiles or dress up as a mental patient or Oscar Pistorius - both of which are costumes available to purchase.
How do blind people see emojis?
- 24 October 2015
On this edition of Inside Ouch: Apple has released 150 brand new emojis. The internet is becoming increasingly visual but how do blind people experience these graphics, and is digital communication becoming more inaccessible?
The disabled man who held a stranger's hand on a bus
- 22 October 2015
A photo of a stranger hugging a disabled man went viral last week. It quickly received over 50,000 likes. The incident occurred on a bus in Ontario, Canada, where it got snapped, uploaded and shared widely.
The Canadian edition of The Huffington Post says the stranger is 21-year-old Godfrey Cuotto, and the disabled man is referred to as just Robert. He hugged Godfrey for 30 minutes whilst also repeatedly kissing his hands, the website says.
Brothers, sisters and disability
- 9 October 2015
On this month's show, presenters and guests discuss how much of an impact disability can have on relationships between disabled and non-disabled siblings.
Sarah Smith is a Mum to two children, Oliver aged seven, and Elizabeth four. Oliver is visually impaired and has autism, and Elizabeth has no disabilities. Sarah speaks candidly about managing the attention she gives to both, and fostering a healthy sibling relationship between the two.
Viewpoint: Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?
- 30 September 2015
After running a campaign to urge toy manufacturers to include disabled characters in their collections, Rebecca Atkinson started to wonder if the word "disability" might also need a positive makeover.
Cripple, deaf-mute and lame all fell out of favour a long time ago and are now considered insults. By the 1980s and 90s "handicapped" was gradually replaced with "disabled" as a new way of thinking about disability emerged - called the social model. Attitudes change and as a consequence so does language.
Disabled Syrian's struggle in Calais migrant camp
- 29 September 2015
Ali is 21 and has been living in difficult conditions in a migrant camp in Calais for over a month now.
After deserting President Bashar al-Assad's army in Syria, he says he was tortured and bombed by them which left him in a four-week coma and with brain damage. He also lost the use of an arm.
John Lennon mocking disabled people causes a stir
- 25 September 2015
On Inside Ouch this week: archive footage of John Lennon mocking people with learning disabilities has caused a stir online, was it offensive or just of its time?
Also, is it time for the word "disability" to be replaced by something else? We chat about what other words could be used. Just click here to listen.