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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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India’s blind cricketers are champions – but money is still a sticky wicket

Unlike India’s superstar players, blind cricketers manage with minimal support. Could World Cup success finally bring them the funding they deserve?They are brilliant exponents of India’s best-loved game, a sport that routinely produces millionaire sup…

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The Para-athletics rules work against me, but I’m in favour of them. Here’s why | Hannah Dines

The classification system for Paralympic athletes is always being refined, and is as scientific as it can be. It’s not fair to cast aspersions on individualsAll Hallows Eve is a fitting day to find skeletons in the Paralympic classification cupboard. T…

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Wheelchair access at Premier League grounds improved after campaigning

• Fourteen of 20 stadiums now comply with guidelines• Target met after legal action was threatened by fansFourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs have now built enough wheelchair spaces to meet official guidelines, having undertaken substantial develop…

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Premier League clubs face legal threat unless disabled access is improved

• EHRC chair David Isaacs says the time for excuses from the clubs is over
• Thirteen of 20 top-flight teams do not have required wheelchair spaces

Premier League clubs’ failure to provide minimum levels of access for disabled supporters has been described as “disappointing” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which has again threatened legal action if they do not comply.

The warning followed a Premier League report which revealed that 13 of its 20 clubs’ grounds do not incorporate the minimum number of wheelchair spaces set out in the accessible stadia guide (ASG), and that nine of the clubs will not make the necessary improvements in time for the league’s own self-imposed deadline of this August.

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Disabled fans: is your football club doing enough to help you watch the game?

We want to hear from disabled football supporters about the ways in which your club is improving or needs to improve accessibility at their stadium

Manchester United this week announced they would move 2,600 season-ticket holders to create 300 more places for disabled supporters at Old Trafford. The move comes after the government warned Premier League clubs that they weren’t doing enough to improve facilities and access.

Related: Manchester United to reduce Old Trafford capacity and accommodate more disabled fans

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Disabled fans: is your football club doing enough to help you watch the game?

We want to hear from disabled football supporters about the ways in which your club is improving or needs to improve accessibility at their stadium

Manchester United this week announced they would move 2,600 season-ticket holders to create 300 more places for disabled supporters at Old Trafford. The move comes after the government warned Premier League clubs that they weren’t doing enough to improve facilities and access.

Related: Manchester United to reduce Old Trafford capacity and accommodate more disabled fans

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Paralympian forced to wet herself on train without accessible toilet

Anne Wafula Strike says she was left humiliated after three-hour journey on CrossCountry train with no disabled toilet

An award-winning Paralympic athlete and disabilities campaigner says was “completely robbed of her dignity” after a train company failed to provide an accessible toilet on a three-hour journey.

Anne Wafula Strike, 42, a British wheelchair racer who has no use of her legs, is a board member of UK Athletics, has an MBE for services to disability sport and serves as a patron of several charities supporting the rights of people with disabilities.

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Paralympians join top label in a bid to break fashion barrier

Athletes and designers aim to get range of clothing on high street and into everyday lifeAt a memorable London fashion show in 1998, Alexander McQueen sent double-amputee athlete Aimee Mullins down the catwalk wearing a pair of hand-carved wooden prost…

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English cricketer continues fielding after losing artificial leg – video

Liam Thomas shows remarkable determination after diving and losing his artificial leg while playing for the England Physical Disability team against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Academy Dubai Invitational Twenty20 Continue reading…

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Premier League clubs criticised for slow progress on disabled fans’ access

• Equalities and Human Rights Commission describe clubs as defensive
• League’s executive director has promised club-by-club assessment by January

Premier League clubs have been accused of failing to act quickly enough to improve facilities for disabled fans and aiming only for minimum legal requirements.

Related: Premier League clubs working to help more disabled people get into sport

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Paralysed, pregnant Claire Lomas finishes Great North Run in five days

Wearing bionic suit, former event rider began half-marathon on Wednesday and finished Sunday to raise funds for charity A paralysed pregnant woman wearing a bionic suit has completed the Great North Run five days after she started it.Claire Lomas, from…

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Turning Paralympians into ‘superhumans’ is no help to disabled people | Penny Pepper

We’re not heroes, we’re not scroungers, we’re ordinary people who want rights, and some relief from the attacks on our daily life by government

The Houses of Parliament form a fine Gothic building, but every time I have cause to visit I’m not overawed. This time, as part of a Rights Not Games week of action, we’re fighting to exhaustion for the independent living of disabled people. Again.

As Inclusion London launches its shocking report into life for disabled people a year after the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), we’re on repeat. The government’s promises and the extension of the ILF transition funds have not materialised. Cuts are savage and suffering is incalculable, with many ex-ILF recipients imprisoned, left living in their own mess and sleeping in vomit. Animals would be rescued from such conditions.

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GB boccia players hope to raise sport’s profile at Paralympics

The ball game, which can be played by the severely disabled, first appeared at the Games in 1984 and is growing fast

It is a sport many have never heard of, but it’s one that offers a lifeline for those who can find a club.

Boccia – pronounced bot-cha – was designed to enable severely disabled athletes to participate in sport and has become one of the fastest-growing Paralympian activities.

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GB boccia players hope to raise sport’s profile at Paralympics

The ball game, which can be played by the severely disabled, first appeared at the Games in 1984 and is growing fast

It is a sport many have never heard of, but it’s one that offers a lifeline for those who can find a club.

Boccia – pronounced bot-cha – was designed to enable severely disabled athletes to participate in sport and has become one of the fastest-growing Paralympian activities.

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Teenager with only six fingers holds on tight to Wimbledon dream

Fifteen-year-old Francesca Jones got through the first round at Junior Wimbledon despite a rare condition that has left her without all her fingers and toes

A 15-year-old girl who has battled her way to Junior Wimbledon despite having just three fingers and a thumb on each hand has described her determination to succeed in the game.

Francesca Jones was born with ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome – a rare condition that causes development problems with hands and feet.

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Paralympics hopeful Carly Tait: ‘My lifeline is being taken away’ | Frances Ryan

The sprint wheelchair athlete says new PIP disability benefit cuts that have removed her eligibility for a car may scupper her chances of qualifying for the GB team in Rio

Carly Tait, a sprint wheelchair racer, is four months away from trials to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Paralympics in Rio – but she now finds herself at the sharp end of the government’s controversial cuts to disability benefits. The 30-year-old from Wythenshawe, south Manchester, who has cerebral palsy, received a lifetime award of disability living allowance (DLA) when she was 18 and for the last 12 years has used part of the benefit to lease an accessible car.

Tait describes the car as her “lifeline”. She says it has allowed her to attend university, have a job, get to two training sessions a day in Stockport, about 10 miles from home, and compete in track events around the country. But after being assessed in February for personal independence payments (PIP) – the government’s “points-based” benefit introduced to replace DLA – Tait has been told she will lose her car, which is provided by the Motability charity scheme.

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Pecs appeal: the rise of disabled bodybuilding

Mark Smith is a former soldier who lost his leg in training. Now he’s won the right to compete in the national bodybuilding championships. Can he take the title?

Mention the word “bodybuilding” to most people and it conjures up a certain image: big men in small underpants, a comic world of posing, protein shakes and pumping iron. And in Pudsey Civic Hall, where the International Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (IBFA)’s Mr England championships are being held, that stereotypical view is out in force. First, Wakefield’s Steve Johnson, a former Mr Britain and a name on the bodybuilding scene, steps on stage; a man mountain in small Speedos, he flexes his muscles in the spotlight. From there, the flesh parade continues, all popping veins and rippling muscles, treading a fine line between deathly seriousness and cartoonish parody, as the junior category, followed by the over-40s, the over-50s and the men’s first-timers, all take to the stage in slivers of Lycra and fake tans the colour of Victorian sideboards.

The competitors, judges and the 200-strong audience, most of whom are bodybuilding obsessives, take it all very seriously. Then the next group of men step on stage: they have the same deep tans, muscles big enough and clothing small enough to make the average person wilt with embarrassment. But there’s something different about these four men that causes the applause to resound a little more loudly. This is the disability class of the Mr England competition, the first time this section of the contest has been held.

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Cerebral palsy triathlete, aged eight, wins Rollason award

Bailey Matthews receives ovation as he wins award for outstanding achievement in face of adversity

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who completed a triathlon unaided was given the Helen Rollason prize at Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Related: Andy Murray and Belfast the winners in Sports Personality of the Year

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Premier League sponsors targeted by peer over disabled access ‘inaction’

• Lord Holmes will call on sponsors to consider ethics of supporting clubs
• He is set to tell Lords: ‘The time for the same old feeble excuses has passed’

The disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is to call on Premier League sponsors to reconsider their financial support for the league unless its clubs urgently improve their provision for disabled people.

Related: Disabled fans short-changed at Premier League grounds despite riches pouring in

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