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Mystery over sharp drop in disabled people’s unemployment rate

Striking – but unexplained – new official figures show there has been a large fall over the last year in the proportion of disabled people who are unemployed.

Plastic bottles turned into 'cheap' prosthetics

Plastic bottles have been turned into the sockets for prosthetic limbs by university experts.

Obsession with social media ‘fuels anxiety in teenage girls’

Teenage girls who check social media more than three times a day are more likely to be unhappy, anxious and dissatisfied with life, a study suggests.

Proportion of flawed Atos PIP assessment reports has soared in last two years

The proportion of disability assessment reports completed by government contractor Atos that were found to be significantly flawed has soared by more than 40 per cent in the last two years.

Deaf pupils in England struggle at every stage of school, report finds

Deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their education”, with fewer than half leaving school with two A-levels, compared with almost two-thirds of their hearing peers, according to new analysis.

Government pledges to monitor autism employment gap - for the first time

For the first time, the government has pledged to monitor the number of people with autistic spectrum conditions in employment.

Boris Johnson’s arrival as PM greeted with alarm, scepticism and appeal for engagement

Disabled people and their organisations have reacted to Boris Johnson becoming the new prime minister with alarm and scepticism, but also an appeal for “honest engagement”.

New ‘radical history’ of disabled people’s movement ‘has lessons for today’

A new “radical history” of the disabled people’s movement is set to throw new light on the contribution made by one of its most influential figures.

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit.

Child mental health unit referrals 'up nearly 50%'

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned.