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Mum left in tears after more than 3,000 people send her autistic son, 8, happy birthday cards – inews.co.uk

A young boy who has autism has been inundated with thousands of cards after his mother’s plea…

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How losing four stone helped mum ease chronic pain and gave her new lease of life – Scottish Daily Record

A mum with a chronic pain condition has a new lease of life after shedding almost 4st. Alison…

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How crash victim who wasn’t meant to survive is now helping other brain injury sufferers – Daily Post North Wales

A crash victim who was left in a coma for 14 weeks was invited to Parliament for…

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Runner with cerebral palsy makes history signing for Nike – CBBC Newsround

A runner known as Justin ‘Magic’ Gallegos has made history after he was unveiled as the first…

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Girl, 6 with cerebral palsy climbs Pen Y Fan – BBC News

A six year old girl with cerebral palsy has defied the odds and climbed Pen Y Fan…

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Man with Down’s Syndrome gets his dream job as a scaffolder – Metro

A man with Down’s Syndrome is living his dream after a building firm took him on as…

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Hertford artist with Down Syndrome takes step closer to dream of being full-time artist as she exhibits at Manchester Art Fair – Hertfordshire Mercury

An artist from Hertford who has Down Syndrome is one step closer to her dream of being…

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Hearing loss: ‘I had no confidence in myself’ – BBC News

One in six people in Northern Ireland have some form of hearing loss, but they can still…

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Doctor Who: How the dyspraxic assistant became my hero – BBC News

Ever since the 2005 series reboot, I’ve been hooked on Who. So, I was surprised to find…

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Incredible moment a social worker takes her first steps in 14 YEARS – thanks to a £80,000 robotic exoskeleton – Daily Mail

This is the incredible moment a social worker takes her first steps in 14 years – with…

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The 23-year-old busting myths about Down’s syndrome – BBC News

A 23-year-old with Down’s syndrome has told BBC Radio 5 Live that people’s misconceptions about the condition…

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Coventry family go viral with Down’s Syndrome music video – Coventry Live

After their last video had more than four million hits on YouTube, three Coventry mums are back…

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Step and Stone: a Bristol-based bakery training people with learning disabilities – Disability Horizons

Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people, and only one in every…

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Shopping through the eyes of someone with autism – BBC News

For Connor Ward, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago, shopping can be an overwhelming experience. He…

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Man with advanced Motor Neurone Disease abseils underground – BBC News

A father-of-two with advanced Motor Neurone Disease has abseiled more than 100ft deep underground. Jason Liversidge, 42, from…

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Paddy and Christine McGuinness to launch reality show on life as parents to kids with autism – Metro

Paddy and Christine McGuinness are reportedly filming a reality show following their lives as the parents to…

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50 families release second tear-jerking video with their Down’s Syndrome Children – ITV News

50 families and their children, all of whom have Down’s Syndrome, have released a second online video…

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Baby with spina bifida who had surgery before birth now able to walk – Lifesite

Doctors told an expectant mom that her son had spina bifida and might never walk. But thanks…

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Down Syndrome No Obstacle for 21-Year-Old Model – Voice of America

It’s Fashion Week season, and major cities around the world are gearing up to show off the…

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Family stars in Down’s Syndrome campaign to share positive message – Andover Advertiser

AN ANDOVER little girl and her family are playing a starring role in an online video to…

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Five-year-old girl who has suffered 90 broken bones because of rare genetic condition bravely goes SURFING with her dad – and stuns parents when she emerges without a single fracture – Daily Mail

A five-year-old who has suffered 90 broken bones in her short lifetime due to a genetic disorder…

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‘Sailing feels like you are free’ – BBC News

Since last October Chloe, who has profound deafness, has completed three sea voyages. She has experienced Scotland’s coast…

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Sutton mum and daughter star in Down’s Syndrome Youtube campaign – Mansfield Chad

A Sutton mum and her three year old daughter star in a viral campaign to change perceptions…

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‘They thought I just had flat feet’: Dundee teen fights rare disease that stops her controlling bodily movements – Evening Telegraph

But she would quickly discover that she was actually suffering from Friedreich ataxia – a rare disease…

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‘This is for you, Champ’: British boxer Anthony Yarde helps child with cerebral palsy celebrate a birthday to remember by giving him WBC belt during surprise visit – Daily Mail

A boxing fan with celebral palsy was given a birthday surprise to remember by British light-heavyweight Anthony…

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Don’t call me ‘inspiring’ just because I’m in a wheelchair: Activist Samantha Renke reveals the word makes her ‘toes curl’ – because it implies being disabled is a ‘worst possible scenario’ – Daily Mail

An activist with a rare brittle bone disease has revealed why she hates being called an ‘inspiration’…

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Lancashire’s former Olympic hopeful Sophie Ward has been recognised internationally for her work fighting Lyme Disease – Lancashire Evening Post

A former Team GB hopeful from Lancashire has been recognised on the international stage for her tireless…

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Mum says her son ‘experiences much more in life’ thanks to Nottingham college and autism charity – Nottinghamshire Live

A West Bridgford mum-of-two has praised two Nottingham organisations for the work they have done to help…

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Taylor Swift gets to meet eight-year-old fan with autism after donating $10k to help him get a service dog – Daily Mail

Taylor Swift is a pop star with legions of fans. And one eight-year-old admirer got the experience of…

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Northampton mum’s plea to NHS to fund rare drug to change son’s life – Northampton Chronicle and Echo

A Northampton mum-of-one is urging the NHS to pay for a rare drug needed to keep her…

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Mocked Everton fan with Down’s syndrome meets players – BBC News

An Everton fan with Down’s syndrome was invited to meet players and train with squad after being…

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Co Tyrone mother praises work of charity Brain Injury Matters – The Irish News

A CO Tyrone mother has spoke about the “life-changing” impact her daughter’s brain injury diagnosis has had…

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5-year-old with autism who struggles to hold conversation given award for 999 call after his mother collapsed – iNews

A youngster with autism who struggles to hold conversations has earned an award for bravery after he…

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Hillingdon mums of children with cerebral palsy want to open a playgroup for disabled children – Get West London

Two Hillingdon mums, both who have a child with cerebral palsy, are fundraising to start a playgroup…

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Rugby hero Doddie Weir’s £250,000 donation set to boost motor neurone disease research – Scottish Daily Record

A £250,000 donation from Scots rugby hero Doddie Weir’s charity will boost research into drugs which could…

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‘We can’t walk but we can sing’: how three Chinese sisters with brittle bone disease carved a living for themselves – South China Morning Post

They cannot walk and have never been to school but three sisters in a rural part of…

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A Highland MS sufferer is walking again after a ground-breaking medical trial – The Press and Journal

At age 30, Gary Campbell’s body was failing him as the most brutal form of Multiple Sclerosis…

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Pam Henry, the Last Poster Child for Polio, Dies at 68 – The New York Times

Doctors discovered that Pam Henry had polio in 1951, when she was just 14 months old. At…

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Boy with autism dresses as T.rex for family photos – BBC News

Snapping a family portrait can be an unpleasant experience for anyone, but for children with autism, the…

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Boy, 5, with autism gets award for 999 call after mum collapsed – BBC News

A five-year-old boy with autism who called 999 after his mother collapsed has been rewarded for his…

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Former Doncaster mum and daughter star in viral Down’s Syndrome social media campaign – Doncaster Today

A mum, formerly from Doncaster, and her three year old daughter star in a viral campaign to…

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Brotherly love! Toddler who became one of Britain’s youngest stroke victims at just 19 months old is on the road to recovery…under the watchful eye of his devoted twin – Daily Mail

A brave toddler who became one of Britain’s youngest stroke victims is on the road to recovery…

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The 25-year-old who uses music to ‘escape’ her autism – BBC News

You wouldn’t normally see Enter Shikari, Everything Everything and All Saints on the same line-up – but…

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What it’s like being a drag queen with Down’s Syndrome – Pink News

Otto describes life as a drag performer as being very similar to that of a superhero—”By day…

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Youngster to star in Down’s Syndrome awareness music video – Wigan Today

A five-year-old girl is set to appear in a new music video which promotes a more positive…

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Little boy inspires glowing event for World Cerebral Palsy Day – The Shields Gazette

Landmarks across the North East will be green and glowing to support a father’s bid to raise…

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VIDEO: Teen artist with cerebral palsy pays tribute to foster family after landing university place – Surrey News

A Surrey teenager with cerebral palsy whose art work has been displayed for the first time has…

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My twin has Down syndrome: 22-year-olds describe what life is like sharing everything except one chromosome – Daily Mail

A pair of twins are among the rarest in the world because one of them was born…

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Stratford man with visual impairment raises awareness through words and action – The Guardian

Todd MacAusland is a visually impaired runner determined to pound out positive messages. Last week, he ran roughly…

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One writer tells us everything to know about living with Fibromyalgia – Marie Claire UK

From the warning signs and causes to how it can be managed… Fibromyalgia is a condition that has…

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