Paralympics, YouTube and fashion models – Disability in the news

Classification has long been a contentious issue within Paralympic sports. Recent news stories have circulated about wheelchair basketball athletes who have been affected by rule changes, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics:

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/articles/the-paralympians-told-theyre-not-disabled-enough-to-compete

Working in Universities, we are very mindful of the need for webinars and meetings to be accessible for all. Community captions have been in the news this week, with YouTube in the firing line:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-54074573

With the fashion industry facing challenges from all angles (COVID putting paid to fashion shows, the environmental impact attributed to the industry, and the lack of diversity at board level), it’s interesting to see the positive impact this talent agency is having:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53997790

Edmund Lewis, AGCAS Disability Task Group, University of Westminster

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