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Phil Friend invites disabled people in to talk about the stuff they use to overcome the barriers they face in living an independent life. Some very innovative and left-field thinking is the name of the game

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Phil Friend invites disabled people in to talk about the stuff they use to overcome the barriers they face in living an independent life. Some very innovative and left-field thinking is the name of the game

    Better Communication means Better Healthcare

    Better Communication means Better Healthcare

    Dr Rachael Grimaldi is an anaesthetist based at The Royal Sussex County Hospital.  She decided to try and solve a major problem when she heard the story of a critically ill patient who talked about his terror when he couldn’t understand what healthcare staff were saying to him through their personal protective equipment (face masks, visors and hoods).
    Rachael was on maternity leave and stranded in the US because of COVID restrictions so she decided to put her time and energy into coming up with a solution that would benefit her frontline NHS colleagues and their patients.  Rachael set to work on a series of flashcards with key messages. Within 72 hours, she had developed a free online resource in 10 languages and a read-aloud option for partially sighted or blind patients.

    In this podcast, Rachael discusses Card Medic's development and her aspirations to remove communication barriers across all healthcare provision.

    https://www.cardmedic.com/our-story/

    • 23 min
    Gordon McCullough CEO at RIDC shares his thoughts and ideas about a post COVID future

    Gordon McCullough CEO at RIDC shares his thoughts and ideas about a post COVID future

    The coronavirus has had a massive impact on everyone, and the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RIDC)  had to change and adapt to get through the crisis.

    In this podcast, Gordon McCullough, the CEO of RIDC, discusses the important role the organisation has played in bringing disabled people's voices into the COVID conversation.  With over 2000 disabled members, the RIDC Consumer Panel has provided vital insights that have helped inform and shape government policy during the pandemic. 

    Gordon explains why the RIDC with its Consumer Panel is uniquely placed to assist manufacturers and service providers in ensuring that their products and services take account of the needs of disabled people.

    The vaccination programme now means that life should begin to get back to some kind of "normal".  Gordon is optimistic about life after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.  He believes that transport, technology, and ageing well present challenges and opportunities for disabled people.  RIDC  will primarily focus its resources on these areas in order to provide an understanding of what needs to change.  

    • 31 min
    Hazel Dudley - Photography, Travel and Liverpool FC.

    Hazel Dudley - Photography, Travel and Liverpool FC.

    Hazel Dudley is retired having worked for many years in the Civil Service as a personal secretary. 

    She went blind in her childhood and now puts her considerable skills as a blind person to good use as a panel member for RIDC testing apps and websites.  She says she'll try her hand at most things so long as "it's legal."

    Hazel has developed (pun intended) a keen interest in photography. Using her iPhone she has amassed over 4000 photographs. In this podcast, she explains how she does it.

    Hazel clearly likes to keep busy she's demonstrated specialised equipment to blind users, she's been a broadcaster, taught reading in Jordon, and traveled the world on cruise ships including the Queens; Elizabeth Mary, and Victoria. Her other interests include reading, buying jewelry, music, and learning German.

    In her "free time" she's a season ticket holder at her beloved Liverpool FC and says she can't wait for the coronavirus restrictions to end.  She and her guide dog have really missed their regular trips to Anfield.
    Links:

    Chef Counter Microwave

    Tassimo Coffee Maker

    Breville One Cup

    Optacon

    Judy Dixon - Get the Picture: Viewing the World with the iPhone Camera.

    • 18 min
    Gavin Neate - Making the world a better place.

    Gavin Neate - Making the world a better place.

    After leaving school Gavin Neate joined the armed forces and served in the military police as a dog handler. He was based up at RAF Lucas, and just north of Lucas was a Guide Dogs for the Blind training centre and he used to go along and do voluntary work.

    On finishing his military career and not unnaturally he applied for and then became a guide dog instructor. He saw first hand the difficulties that sight-impaired people faced in their daily lives and determined to do something about it.

    He became involved in a project to explore how GPS might be used to help visually impaired people navigate the world around them. With the arrival of the smartphone, Gavin saw an opportunity to link smartphone apps and hardware and Neatebox was born.

    In this podcast, Gavin talks about the applications he developed that are making a real difference to the lives of many disabled people throughout the UK.

    Links: -

    Neatebox Button https://bit.ly/3kka0Sw
    Neatebox Welcome https://bit.ly/2SZyrZI
    Neatebox Website https://www.neatebox.com/

    • 22 min
    Patrick Burke - Design and Function should go hand in hand.

    Patrick Burke - Design and Function should go hand in hand.

    After a successful career in IT working in the finance industry, Patrick Burke was forced to take medical retirement as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. After initially struggling to adjust to his new "normal" he now spends much of his time exploring the impact of his condition and how it affects others. He continues his search for things that will either make life easier or that will specifically address the barriers MS puts his way.

    Patrick has been a panel member for Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) for over five years. He clearly enjoys the world of "gadgetry" and his website aid4disabled  https://bit.ly/3no2zfo often features devices that he has used.

    In this podcast, he shares his thoughts about two gadgets which live in his kitchen and two devices that help him stay mobile.

    Links:

    OXO Measuring jug
    Knork
    Topra Troja Rollator
    Travel scoot.

    • 20 min
    Mary Duffy Innovator par excellence.

    Mary Duffy Innovator par excellence.

    Resolute, determined, funny, innovative and creative Mary Duffy is all of these things.

    As a Thalidomide survivor, she has invented all sorts of ingenious ways of managing her daily life and her artistic career without arms.

    Mary lives by the sea in Wicklow in Ireland and is an accomplished and honoured artist.

    Aside from her painting, she's tried pottery and photography. She loves gardening and is particularly adept at weeding onions using a spoon gripped between her toes.

    Listen to Mary talking about portable grab rails, book page-turners, and gardening footwear.

    Links:
    Suction Grab Rails https://bit.ly/2OXwfQe
    Shoe Trowel https://bit.ly/2WSyVmw
    Reading Frame https://bit.ly/3hyXYTz

    • 16 min

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