Rudi has been a wheelchair user since 1971 following an accident which paralysed his legs, arms and hands, although he can still use his hands to some extent despite having no finger movement.
He says that he was fortunate to have been able to receive a university education, albeit in an ancient, entirely un-adapted environment.
He has worked in various industries including the charitable sector, television, the arts and sport both in the UK and the United States.
He was very active in disability politics in the 80s and 90s which was a very fruitful and happy period for him.
He is now semi-retired and lives in an adapted housing association flat in West London and uses a number of support workers to assist him with daily living tasks.
Rudi’s gadget list
- Speech Recognition on iPad and iPhone
- Wheelchair accessible vehicle from Motability
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.
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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
Luggage Bag https://www.phoenixinstinct.com/
Freewheel for manual wheelchair http://bit.ly/2oZhmDp
RGK Tiga FX. http://bit.ly/2o8W8CK
GTM Mustang. http://bit.ly/2ogmvGA
Andy’s Website and Blog www.johnnysombrerorides.com
Jamie Knight is an autistic web developer, writer, speaker and mountain biker. Lion is a plushie who goes everywhere with him.
The duo has spent almost 10 years at the BBC working on everything from iPlayer Radio to children’s gaming. Millions of people use Jamie’s code each day.
Lion’s BBC career has mostly been in antelope management.
Jamie has been speaking about his autistic life for over 10 years. He’s also contributed to books, magazines and co-presented a podcast series for the BBC.
Jamie explains the importance of the tech he uses and the vital role it plays in helping him to manage communication, mood and life generally.
Jamie and Lion’s Gadgets list:
Apple Watch https://apple.co/32XSdHX
Phillips Hue Smart lights https://amzn.to/330eFzZ
Nest Smoke alarm https://amzn.to/32V6V2o