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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.

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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Potholes are causing misery to wheelchair users

People in a street in Cheltenham are pleading with their council to get potholes filled in.

There are several wheelchair users who live in adapted

accommodation in Selkirk Gardens, but they have trouble crossing the road because it is rutted with dozens of potholes.

Just some of the potholes that are causing problems in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News West Country
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