Born in 1960, Rosie’s impairment is four-limbed Phocomelia caused by the drug Thalidomide.
After graduating with a BSc., (Hons) Degree in Psychology through Cardiff University in 1985, Rosie joined the Civil Service and remained with the Department of Trade and Industry at Companies House Cardiff until 1993 at Executive Officer level.
In 1995 Rosie formed the RMS Disability Issues Consultancy, out of a genuine desire to deliver first-class training in the field of Disability Equality and Disability Issues.
Rosie received an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List in 2015, “For Services to the Equality and the Rights of Disabled People.”
Rosie was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in 2017.
Married, with one son, Rosie has a particular interest in radio, television and the arts. Rosie has been the subject of several documentaries. She has worked with the BBC, Sky and ITV, and can be heard regularly on BBC Radio Wales. She is a freelance TV and Radio Presenter.
Single use flexible straws
Folding shelf for eating in restaurants
Fork holder with a magnet, use cheap cutlery
Mount n mover https://www.mountnmover.com/
Rick Williams runs his own business based in Brighton. The company have been around for about 20 years and supply consultancy and training services to organisations that want to improve their employment and services provided for disabled people.
Rick went blind in his mid-40s as a result of retinitis pigmentosa and this explains his lifelong commitment and passion for ensuring that disabled people, particularly those with sight impairments, lead as independent and inclusive a life as possible.
In this edition of Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos Rick discusses a variety of things which enable him to have a very full and active life.
Freeney Williams http://www.freeneywilliams.com
iPhone and Ipad has a Text to Speech Function
Free Navigation support https://www.bemyeyes.com/
Jaws Screen Reader http://bit.ly/2DEWztk
Apple Vis https://www.applevis.com/
Talking Microwave http://bit.ly/2DB3K5x
Tactile Measuring Jug https://amzn.to/2DF77st
Dymo Tape http://bit.ly/2DDBfEw
I’ve known Simon Minty for many years in fact for a number of those years we were business partners, so I feel I know him pretty well. In this conversation, Simon talks about the things he finds invaluable in helping to maintain his level of independence and I must admit there were one or two surprises.
Simon has delivered training and consultancy in the field of equalities since 1997. He has personal experience of disability, being of short stature and of limited mobility.
Based in London, Simon works throughout the UK and internationally. Simon’s passion for equality, his innate and learned knowledge of disability, his ability to listen and address the issue in hand combined with an infectious sense of humour has enabled him to successfully work with clients from a small NGO to a multi-national investment bank.
He’s produced numerous videos and co-produced and performed in the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe comedy show Abnormally Funny People in 2005, returning again in 2015. He is a host of BBC Ouch podcast and the Phil & Simon Show
A keen traveller, he won the Travel X Travel Writer of the Year 1999 – Best Television Feature for his Channel 4 travel programme in China.
Go Go Elite Traveller Plus http://bit.ly/2W08fxS
Folding Step Stool Folding Step Stool
Uber App https://apple.co/2VWNwen
City Maps https://apple.co/2VXExtg
Google Maps Step Free Access article http://bit.ly/2VVRe87
Hello everyone and welcome to this the inaugural edition of the Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos podcast.
We’re delighted to welcome as our first guest Geoff Adams-Spink one of the trustees of Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC).
Geoff was born with multiple impairments as a result of thalidomide. He has shortened upper limbs, a missing right eye and extremely restricted vision in his left eye.
He left the BBC in 2011 to set up his own disability equality consultancy and to Chair an international federation of organisations for those affected by congenital limb difference (EDRIC).
As a trainer and public speaker, he has worked extensively in the UK, many EU countries, Ukraine, China and Thailand.
He has an outward-looking world view and seeks to help international business, public and third sector organisations to learn from each other by spreading best practice in the field of disability equality.
In my conversation with Geoff he talks about the things that he uses to overcome the difficulties that his impairments put in his way. Some are simple devices others more complex but all provide a solution.
I’ve posted below links to the products and services that Geoff mentioned.
Don’t forget to take a look at the RateIt website hosted by the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers where you will find a whole host of products and gadgets which might be useful to you. https://rateit.ridc.org.uk/
Finally, if you are a disabled person and would like to join the RIDC Consumer Panel please email Chris Lofthouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7427 2467
Clamp for tablet Bestek https://amzn.to/2VBrDBa £22 approx
Amazon Echo Smart Speaker https://amzn.to/2VDfGLj
Aquarius Portabidet http://bit.ly/2VBY5Dn
Disabled Facilities Grant from Local Authority http://bit.ly/2VDj48Z
We kick off this show with a discussion about the future of work and the increasing use of artificial intelligence in recruitment. Liz Sayce and Jane Hatton discussed some of the possible repercussions for disabled people at a joint presentation they gave to the Royal Society of Arts. http://bit.ly/2VHxiWq
Simon reflects on the highs and lows of a recent trip to the US. Being stared at was a positive experience for once. A couple of disabled New Yorkers suggested the social model is to limited and claimed that disability is its own culture and the arts scene in Britain needs to recognise it as such.
Sadly two more campaigners died recently. We take a moment to remember the contributions made by Mike Oliver a grandee of the disability movement and Jane Nokes less well known but who made a significant difference.
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The Generation Game
How often do you hear, ‘what do the young people want?’ Perhaps not often enough. Certainly not as often as ‘how things have changed since my day!’
We wanted to hear from the next generation so we invited the multi-talented Abbi Brown on to our show. She works for the ad agency behind the now famous Malteser adverts on Channel 4.
With Abbi we explore whether you can make more of a difference from the inside or outside, who her (disabled) role models were when she was growing up and does she think there’s a disability movement these days. Indeed, what is activism these days, what are the next generation ‘fighting for’ if anything and does social media help or hinder? We also talk about using the bus and not thinking twice about it.
Abbi has personal experience of disability with OI (brittle bones) deafness and mental health problems.
You can follow Abbi on
Hello everyone just a quick note to let you know that I’m planning to develop a new podcast in which I interview disabled people about the things they use to overcome the barriers they face because of their disability. I’ll keep you posted as to when this will become available. In the meantime you might want to take a listen to this as it tells you a little more than I have here.