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.