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MPs call for overdue government action to ban pavement parking

A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations.

One-off injection will save children from inherited blindness

NHS England is to pay for a cutting-edge genetic treatment that will save children with a rare inherited disorder from going blind.

Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain.

Man sets legal landmark as first deaf juror in English court

A 54-year-old technology consultant from London is believed to have established a legal landmark this month by becoming the first profoundly deaf person to sit on a jury in a crown court in England and Wales.

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.