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Bridlington comedian Rosie Jones to host new Channel 4 cooking and chat show Dine Hard

Comedian Rosie Jones is to host a new cooking and chat show for Channel 4 in a “big stride forward” for representation of disability in the TV formats.

More support needed for GPs to treat eating disorders

Two leading medical organisations have told the BBC that GPs are not getting the right support to treat eating disorders.

Student loan ban will hit dyslexic people hard, says Benjamin Zephaniah

Prominent figures who have dyslexia have accused ministers of putting up more barriers for those with the condition, after proposals that would see anyone failing GCSE maths and English barred from securing higher education loans in England.

Millions in England face ‘second pandemic’ of mental health issues

Millions of patients in England face dangerously long waits for mental health care unless ministers urgently draw up a recovery plan to tackle a “second pandemic” of depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders, NHS leaders and doctors have warned.

Report DWP refused to publish admits disabled benefit claimants can’t afford food

A report that the Department for Work and Pensions refused to publish found some disabled benefit claimants could not afford heating or food.

Coffey’s ‘embarrassing’ performance before MPs as she ‘forgets’ key disability policies

Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey was accused of an “embarrassing” performance in front of MPs yesterday (Wednesday) after she was repeatedly forced to admit she could not remember key aspects of her government’s disability policies.

‘There’s a truth to it’: RSC casts disabled actor as Richard III

He is one of Shakespeare’s most reviled characters, distinguished by his “deformed, unfinish’d” figure. Now, for the first time, the Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a disabled actor in the title role of Richard III in a new production opening later this year.

Fans aim to help Leicester Comedy Festival improve disabled access

Two women with disabilities are working with a comedy festival organiser to make it more accessible after finding a show had no wheelchair access.

'See the person, not the disability' says Welsh campaigner who has been awarded MBE

Disability activist Josh Reeves who lives in Cardiff has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his campaigns both locally and globally to change people’s perceptions of disability.

British Sign Language to become recognised language in the UK

British Sign Language (BSL) is on course to become a recognised language, after the government backed a proposal by a Labour MP.