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Waiting times for disability benefit claims soar by three weeks in three months

Waiting times for new disability benefit claims have soared by three weeks in just three months, prompting concerns thousands of disabled people are being “let down.”

Parents in England seek legal action over special needs funding cuts

Parents are initiating legal action against the government over multimillion-pound cuts to special needs funding in England, amid warnings of “a national crisis” affecting thousands of children with disabilities across the country.

Are we really on the brink of a cure for Alzheimer’s?

A new study has inspired headlines claiming a cure for Alzheimer’s disease could be available within six years – but are we genuinely on the verge of an effective treatment?

'The right trousers': Wallace and Gromit inspire artificial muscle clothing

Smart trousers with artificial muscles have the potential to improve the lives of people with mobility problems, say researchers.

Extreme Dwarfanators Wrestling organisers threaten to SUE Leicester arena for cancelling event

The organisers of a dwarf wrestling show are threatening to sue a Leicester venue for discrimination after the event was cancelled.

Anger over government’s ‘pathetic’ election access report

The government’s response to a consultation on how to make voting more accessible to disabled people has sparked anger among disabled campaigners, after it failed to offer a single new measure to improve access.

'Black hole' in youth mental health support

Three out of four parents say their children's mental health deteriorated while waiting for NHS support, according to a report by charity YoungMinds.

Minister snubs DPOs – and ‘breaches UN convention’ – by refusing meeting

The minister for disabled people is refusing to meet a coalition of disabled people’s organisations, in an apparent breach of the UN disability convention.

Autism dogs: Call for regulation as demand quadruples

Charities training support dogs for children with autism are calling for more regulation after figures revealed a quadrupling in requests for help.

Scientists 3D-print a 'bionic eye' that could soon let blind people see again

It’s a staple feature in many science fiction blockbusters, and now scientists have developed a fully 3D printed bionic eye for the first time.