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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

    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...

    • 16 min
    Steph Cutler - Panorama and Victoria Sponge?

    Steph Cutler - Panorama and Victoria Sponge?

    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...

    • 17 min
    Sue Kent - Hands and Feet in Harmony

    Sue Kent - Hands and Feet in Harmony

    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 a little strength or grip...

    • 16 min
    Rudi Breakwell-Boss - Bent spoons and Gobbledegook

    Rudi Breakwell-Boss - Bent spoons and Gobbledegook

    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 he was fortunate to have been able to receive a...

    • 14 min
    Ross Hovey – Red Through and Through

    Ross Hovey – Red Through and Through

    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 … Continue reading "Ross Hovey – Red Through and Through"

    • 24 min
    Shannon Murray – Cars, Sticks and Toilet seats!

    Shannon Murray – Cars, Sticks and Toilet seats!

    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 … Continue reading "Shannon Murray – Cars, Sticks and Toilet seats!"

    • 18 min

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