Disabled receive ‘horrific’ online abuse
Former model Katie Price has launched a campaign to outlaw online abuse after her disabled son, Harvey, was subject to cruel bullying. What can we do about the dark underbelly of social media?
Ableism row ignites over Elephant Man casting
Should able-bodied actors play disabled roles? Critics have slammed the BBC’s upcoming drama The Elephant Man for casting an able-bodied star as...
Scientists use thought to pilot helicopter drone
Researchers have just announced the successful flight of a mini helicopter piloted using brainwaves. The breakthrough gives disabled people hope, but critics fear it will undermine humanity.
Paralympians go for gold in London 2012
It is day five of the Paralympics, and the medals are stacking up. This year, new technology and investment means athletes are faster and stronger than ever. What is the secret to this success?
London prepares to ‘meet the superhumans’
Tonight, the Paralympics will begin. Its ‘superhuman’ athletes have overcome severe disability – but do the inspirational stories distract from their achievements in elite sport?
Paralysed man to test law on ‘right to die’
A devastating stroke left Tony Nicklinson unable to move or communicate except by blinking. Now, after seven years of ‘locked-in syndrome’, he wants the right to die – and is ready to fight for...
Illness hits Hawking as fans praise ‘science genius’
Physicist Stephen Hawking has missed his 70th birthday due to an infection. But doctors said he would be dead at 23. Within a failing body, lies a brilliant, stubborn, optimistic mind.
Bionic eye gives glimpse of cyborg future
Technology that sends digital signals straight to our brains has given new hope to blind and deaf people. But how far should we go in connecting minds to machines?