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Rio is an old city, with dense areas such as the Rocinha favela. Making it accessible is no small ask. Sean Fitzgerald Follow/Flickr

‘Grotesque spectacle’? Rio has a long way to go to become more accessible

There are significant challenges in making old cities like Rio more accessible, and there are missed opportunities around the Paralympics, but it's not all bad news.
Technology makes an impact on various events, but the key is to let the athlete’s ability shine through. OIS

Technology matters in the Paralympics, but the athlete matters more

Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete's ability come to the fore.
Hunter Woodhall of the United States leads the 4x100m race before the team was disqualified, giving the victory to the squad from Germany. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Why do the Paralympics get so little media attention in the United States?

An Access World News database search says everything you need to know: Type in 'Deflategate' and you'll get nearly twice as many hits as 'Paralympics.'
The author competing at the 2012 London Paralympics. Australian Paralympic Committee

First person: how the Paralympics changed my life

Richard Nicholson has experienced first hand the evolution of the Paralympics, and with it, the shift in perception of disabilities and para-athletes.
How can we be sure athletes with varying disabilities are competing on even terms? Olympic Information Service

It’s not easy keeping the Paralympics a level playing field, but the current system is the best there is

The classification system is what keeps the Paralympics fair. Although it's not perfect, it's the best system we have, and it's continually being improved.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ. Dave Hunt/AAP

New risks for disability care workers under the NDIS

The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
In some people AMD progresses so slowly that people do not notice the change in their vision. Ken Wu/Unsplash

Explainer: what is age-related macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration affects the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. Age-related macular degeneration is the main cause of blindness in Australia.
The cast of Twelfth Night rehearse at the Belvoir St Theatre. Brett Boardman

‘A wise man’s art’: Twelfth Night and cross-mobility casting

Belvoir St Theatre's production of Twelfth Night features veteran actor Keith Robinson, who returns to the stage after recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. There's radical potential in cross-mobility casting – but Belvoir doesn't quite get there.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters

Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.

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