An upcoming television show in the UK has sparked outrage because it appears to brand disabled people as “undateable”. The show will see case studies – including a guy with Down’s syndrome and a skateboarder with a facial disfigurement – paired with able-bodied people. But the creators have defended the title – saying it is merely a reflection of society’s own perceptions.
As the Olympic Games draw nearer, organisers have made the almost 70 000 volunteers assisting at the Olympiad take a sensitivity quiz to assess their readiness to meet a variety of different people that will be visiting London. Given that this is England, you can bet some of their responses were not… er, productive.
Greek disability groups expressed anger yesterday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs. No news yet as to whether or not these people will also qualify for special parking close to schools, playgrounds, and shopping malls.
Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant scientists of our lifetime, and author of “A Brief History of Time”. And he is currently shopping around for a new assistant. His website features a picture of his wheelchair, complete with wires and complex electronics. The caption reads “STOP PRESS: Could you maintain this?”