News round-up, week ending 3rd August

News round-up, week ending 3rd August

John Pring, who runs the Disability News Service, publishes his weekly news round-up of the happenings in the disability world the past week.

• A pioneering disabled activist will make history this autumn when she becomes the first peer to be allowed to take a personal assistant into the main chamber of the House of Lords during debates.

• The first week of the London 2012 Olympics has seen praise for the assistance given to disabled sports fans by volunteer staff, reports of superb access at venues, but some early concerns about accessible parking and transport.

• The decision to award benefit assessment contracts to the company that carries out controversial “fitness for work” tests for the government has caused widespread shock and anger among disabled activists.

• Questions have been raised over a government minister’s failure to listen to serious concerns about the controversial “fitness for work” test.

• Disabled activists look set to target next month’s Paralympics in London in protest at the involvement of Atos Healthcare, the much-criticised company which carries out “fitness for work” tests on behalf of the government.

• As one half of the “golden couple” of British Paralympics, Nyree Kindred is well used to media attention; but there has been a new addition to the high profile team since the Beijing games in 2008.

• When 14-year-old wheelchair fencer Gabi Down competes at London 2012, she will look for inspiration to the performances of an even younger Paralympian.

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.

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