Steph’s career started in the fashion industry where she designed for high street labels, such as Ted Baker and M&S. She had always wanted to be a fashion designer and says she was working hard, playing hard and keen to make her mark. As her career began to take off disability came into her life when she unexpectedly experienced sight loss.
Her company, Making Lemonade was initially born from her lived experience of acquiring her impairment. This quickly led to an interest in the lived experiences of a wide range of other disabled people and interest in disability equality generally. She became an advocate of disability issues and a champion of diversity and inclusion which remains the foundation of Making Lemonade.
In this podcast, Steph tells us about the things she uses on a regular basis which help her get passed or around the barriers her sight loss presents.
Here are links to the Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos she mentioned.
Panasonic TV voice guidance
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.
Sue runs a Facebook page called Gadgets to make life easier, disabling disability. Here people can share gadgets they found that are useful or ask if anybody has a gadget for a problem that they have. https://www.facebook.com/groups/83214963722/?ref=share
Sue mentioned the following products/items in the podcast
A rocker chopper, here’s an example https://amzn.to/2WGbQUF
Automatic tweezers https://bit.ly/2TjjWAx
Split toe socks. https://etsy.me/2TdFSg7
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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.