Sue Kent is a massage therapist who uses her feet to massage. She pioneered this technique due to an upper limb disability caused by the drug thalidomide.
She has 8- inch- long arms and seven fingers and no thumbs. She has little strength or grip ability in her hands. Sue uses both her feet and her arms to do daily tasks, and she sometimes uses her teeth although she isn’t sure this is always a good idea.
Sue’s favourite pastimes include sea swimming, gardening and painting, all of which she does using a combination of her feet and hands.
Ross Hovey works for Lloyds Banking Group as their Accessibility Manager. His role is to create an inclusive environment for disabled colleagues and he leads on the workplace adjustment programme.
Outside of work, he is a board director for Changing Places (campaigning for better toilet facilities for the most severely disabled people), a co-chair of the disability network WharfAbility and a member of the Independent Gatwick Accessible Panel.
When he is not working he is a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club and attends all their home games and travels to away games when tickets are available.
Ross loves to travel all over the world and is also a big gadget fan. His home is equipped with all sorts of tech that help him to maintain an independent life. (He discusses some of them in this podcast).
Ross lives in Cambridgeshire in an adapted bungalow and he employs four support workers who provide the personal care that he requires.
Shannon Murray is an actress, writer, disability consultant and a solicitor, on top of this she is also an accomplished keynote speaker.
Shannon was left paralysed from the waist down after a diving accident when she was 14 years old and first received international media attention a few years after her injury when she won the first-ever search for a disabled model.
She has since campaigned for the better representation of
disability in the media for 20 years and has gone some way to improving that,
appearing in a number of successful dramas for the BBC and Channel 4 as well as
being the first disabled model to feature in a high profile advertising
campaign for the British store Debenhams.
Andy Healey is an aerospace writer and published author. He blogs on mobility and disabled travel at JohnnySombreroRides.com.
Andy flew helicopters in the Royal Navy and subsequently for an air-taxi operator near London, before breaking his back in a 1985 flying accident.
Since then he has written for most UK national newspapers and presented for the BBC and Channel 4.
He wrote ‘Leading from the Front; Bristow Helicopters, the first 50 years’ (Tempus) and ‘The Rough Guide to Accessible London’ (Rough Guides); he is currently editing a book for a major aerospace manufacturer.
In our conversation, Andy shares his thoughts about his travels and the equipment he uses to make getting around that much easier.
If like him you’re a bit of a globetrotter take a listen