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Paralysed Gloucestershire student's Tough Mudder triumph

Rob Camm controls his wheelchair with his chin. Credit: ITV West Country
Rob Camm and his team conquered the 12-mile course near Cirencester. Credit: ITV West Country

A Gloucestershire student has become the first tetraplegic person in the world to take part in a Tough Mudder challenge.

21-year-old Rob Camm and his team navigated the 12-mile course near Cirencester on a wheelchair that he controls with his chin.

He was left paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator following a car crash in September 2013.

You can see Katie Rowlett's report on Rob's triumph here:

And you can watch her report on the Tough Mudder here:

Fixers: the young disabled people from Bristol fighting back against loneliness

For many young people with disabilities, leaving school and college involves leaving a circle of friends and support which is hard to replicate in adult life.

The result is widespread loneliness and isolation.

Now, a group of disabled young people from Bristol have teamed up to try to tackle the problem by reaching out to others.

They've enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make an honest and revealing film about loneliness among the disabled:

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Robotic hand pioneer wins international prize

Joel Gibbard holds hands with his robotic creation Credit: ITV News

Robotic hand creator Joel Gibbard from Bristol has won second place and a $200,000 prize in an international competition.

Joel, who studied at Plymouth University, has been able to print a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer. He hopes the technique will make prosthetics more affordable.

He had to pitch his idea to a panel of judges at Intel's Make it Wearable challenge.

It has been an awesome experience learning from business experts and the other teams. We're far more customer-focused now and the result is going to be a prosthetic that is perfectly suited to the needs of amputees. With the money we've now won we can complete the development of this device and get these hands on amputees.

– Joel Gibbard, Open Bionics

You can find out more about Joel and his robotic hand here.

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Campaign launched to help disabled students with further education

Students from The National Star College in Gloucestershire are going to the Houses of Parliament today.

They are helping to launch a campaign enabling young people with disabilities to have more say in choosing their college. The college's principal, Kathryn Rudd, says students have real difficulty getting access to a specialist places of further education.

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