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British Prime Minister David Cameron with a Paralympic athlete in London this year. British Prime Minister David Cameron with a Paralympic athlete in London this year. EPA/Andy Rain

Why would you DO that? Faking disability at the Paralympics

People pretending to be disabled in order to compete in the Paralympics or Special Olympics is the fodder of many a bad-taste joke. There have even been movies such as The Ringer and an episode of South…
Intellectually disabled children who undergo the “Ashley procedure” are stunted to prevent the onset of puberty. Intellectually disabled children who undergo the “Ashley procedure” are stunted to prevent the onset of puberty. flickr/visions by vicky

Ashley’s treatment: the arrested development of a disabled child

A growing number of parents are seeking the “Ashley Treatment,” a highly experimental medical intervention designed to arrest the physical and sexual development of severely disabled children. This invasive…
Evidence suggests small-scale supported accommodation within the community is best. Evidence suggests small-scale supported accommodation within the community is best. amberley johanna/ Flickr

Let’s wise up on housing options for people with intellectual disabilities

The proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has the potential to radically change the lives of people with severe intellectual disabilities. But despite the NDIS' guarantee to match support…

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