Brothers, sisters and disability
- 9 October 2015
On this month's show, presenters and guests discuss how much of an impact disability can have on relationships between disabled and non-disabled siblings.
Sarah Smith is a Mum to two children, Oliver aged seven, and Elizabeth four. Oliver is visually impaired and has autism, and Elizabeth has no disabilities. Sarah speaks candidly about managing the attention she gives to both, and fostering a healthy sibling relationship between the two.
Ed Green was invited in to the studio after he wrote in to Ouch to share his personal experience of growing up with twin sister Jenny who was born with cerebral palsy.
Jessica and Jake Luke are brother and sister. Jessica is visually impaired, as are two of their other siblings, while Jake is the only one who is fully sighted. Find out whether Jake thinks his brother and sisters "milk it" when it comes to their disability.
Mary Russell, who appeared on Channel 4's show The Undateables, was the only child with dwarfism in her family of nine children. Mary tells her story of isolation and difference.
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Viewpoint: Is it time to stop using the word "disability"?
- 30 September 2015
After running a campaign to urge toy manufacturers to include disabled characters in their collections, Rebecca Atkinson started to wonder if the word "disability" might also need a positive makeover.
Cripple, deaf-mute and lame all fell out of favour a long time ago and are now considered insults. By the 1980s and 90s "handicapped" was gradually replaced with "disabled" as a new way of thinking about disability emerged - called the social model. Attitudes change and as a consequence so does language.
Disabled Syrian's struggle in Calais migrant camp
- 29 September 2015
Ali is 21 and has been living in difficult conditions in a migrant camp in Calais for over a month now.
After deserting President Bashar al-Assad's army in Syria, he says he was tortured and bombed by them which left him in a four-week coma and with brain damage. He also lost the use of an arm.
John Lennon mocking disabled people causes a stir
- 25 September 2015
On Inside Ouch this week: archive footage of John Lennon mocking people with learning disabilities has caused a stir online, was it offensive or just of its time?
Also, is it time for the word "disability" to be replaced by something else? We chat about what other words could be used. Just click here to listen.
The quadruple amputee who needs the correct prosthetic
- 15 September 2015
When Alex Lewis spoke to BBC Ouch in January about becoming a quadruple amputee, what shone through was his remarkable positivity. This remains - but his rehabilitation is being hampered by the need for prosthetics unavailable to him.
"I don't want to be on benefits or care allowance. It feels like they are shackles around you," Mr Lewis, from Stockbridge, Hampshire, tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
The blind hiker who takes on the wilderness
- 11 September 2015
Striking out on your own to hike the trails of America's backcountry, with just your dog for company, would be a dream for many. But what if you can't see the trail, and your dog is key to your survival?
Trevor Thomas, 46, had his life abruptly interrupted when he lost his sight 10 years ago through a rare eye condition. He was looking to move away from his career in corporate sales and had just completed a law degree. A self-professed "adrenaline junky", he loved racing his Porsches and downhill mountain bikes. Now, as a blind man, he pits himself against nature, which he says, is the greatest opponent of all.
Is it wrong to imply disabled people are not "normal"?
- 10 September 2015
Iain Duncan Smith has been criticised for calling non-disabled people "normal". Why does the word make people angry?
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, said in the House of Commons while defending the government's record on getting disabled people back into employment that "we are looking to get [the employment rates of disabled people] up to the level of normal, non-disabled people who are back in work."
'Standing out' as a disabled foreigner in Japan
- 4 September 2015
On this month's Ouch Talk Show we talk about being disabled in Japan.
Presenter Kate Monaghan speaks with three expats with cerebral palsy who have moved from America, Canada and the UK to make their lives in Japan. We hear about travel, stigma, work and mental illness as a disabled person in the country.
Circus act with disabled performers reclaiming the 'freak show'
- 4 September 2015
"Freak shows" used to be a popular pastime in Victorian times where people with "unusual" or "different" bodies would be shown off and exploited for the benefit of an audience.
But a circus act featuring disabled artists is hoping to reclaim the term.
Difficulties of getting fit if you're disabled
- 28 August 2015
My favourite thing about being disabled has always been that no-one expects me to do any exercise.
I have cerebral palsy (CP) and the assumption that I couldn't take part in sport while growing up was one I was happy to embrace because I hate physical exercise.