John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-up of the happenings in the disability world the past week.
• The care watchdog has backed calls for a national audit to find out how many people with learning difficulties have been abandoned in institutions far from their original homes.
• Only about half of those taking part in this month’s Paralympic torch relay will be disabled people, organisers have confirmed.
• Royal Mail has agreed to produce individual stamps to mark every gold medal won by British athletes during the London 2012 Paralympics, following pressure from leading Paralympians and campaigners.
• Four former staff members are to be charged with ill-treating people with learning difficulties at an NHS day centre – more than five years after the alleged abuse took place – thanks to a two-year Disability News Service (DNS) campaign.
• The government appears set to finally act over the funding of long-term care and support, according to reports this week.
• Anti-euthanasia campaigners have welcomed a high court decision to reject the legal bids of two disabled men who want to loosen the laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
• The chair of the care watchdog has refused to resign after casting doubt on the mental health of a whistleblowing member of her board who raised concerns about the way the organisation was being run.
• A leading Paralympian has praised the “amazing” access and inclusivity of the Olympic Park and other London 2012 venues, after sampling events as a spectator just weeks before he is due to compete in the Paralympics.
• Two veteran Paralympians – with contrasting personalities – have spoken of their passion for their sports as they prepare to compete at London 2012.
• Three British Paralympians have spoken of their hopes that London 2012 will lead to a greater recognition of their talents, skills and fitness.
For links to the full stories, please visit Disability News Service.
Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for more than 15 years.