30 episodes

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

    From Jamaica to Glastonbury: Barrington Chambers on Resilience, Music, and Inclusive Innovation

    From Jamaica to Glastonbury: Barrington Chambers on Resilience, Music, and Inclusive Innovation

    In the vibrant world of music, where melody knows no boundaries, Barrington Chambers is an inspiring figure. In our latest edition of "Gear Gadgets and Gizmos," we had the privilege to interview Barrington, a remarkable Afro Caribbean musician whose journey is nothing short of extraordinary.A short time after coming to the UK from Jamaica in 1999 Barrington's life took an unexpected turn when he became blind . But instead of letting this challenge define him, he embraced it and embarked on a ...

    • 28 min
    A World Within Reach: The Power of Active Hands with Founder Rob Smith

    A World Within Reach: The Power of Active Hands with Founder Rob Smith

    Welcome to this Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos episode, where we explore Rob Smith's innovative company, Active Hands.Today's episode focuses on Rob's experience following a spinal cord injury and his challenges in finding suitable gripping aids. Realizing the need for better solutions, Rob designed and developed prototypes in his home, eventually founding Active Hands in 2008.He has designed and manufactured a variety of gripping aids and assistive products offered by Active Hands, whic...

    • 27 min
    National Centre for Accessible Transport (NCAT): A New Era for Disabled Travel

    National Centre for Accessible Transport (NCAT): A New Era for Disabled Travel

    Phil Friend the Chair of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC), talks to Gordon McCullough, the CEO of RIDC, about the launch of the National Centre for Accessible Transport. (NCAT)What is the purpose of the centre? Why does NCAT matter? What part will RIDC play? How do we ensure that disabled people are at the heart of the project?All these questions and many others are addressed in this entertaining conversation.

    • 17 min
    Breaking Barriers: How Molly's Using Tech to Hear and See the World Differently

    Breaking Barriers: How Molly's Using Tech to Hear and See the World Differently

    This episode features Molly O'Brien, a Senior Research and Insight Advisor at Activity Alliance, a charity that promotes disability-inclusive sports and activities. Molly has hearing and visual impairments. She has first-class degrees in sociology and research methods. She is a qualified yoga teacher and a ballet dancer and enjoys outdoor activities. Molly's impairments mean that she uses a range of devices; hearing aids, portable microphones, magnification technology, and tactile watch...

    • 28 min
    It is the simple life hacks that make all the difference

    It is the simple life hacks that make all the difference

    Peter Goadby-Watt has been a photographer for over thirty years. He started his career as a photographic assistant and freelance photographer. He joined the BBC photographic studio (88-90) before joining the Metropolitan Police Service in 1990 - 2014 as a forensic photographer and Head of Forensic Training. There, he honed his skills using multiple formats, film processing and printing; he joined the video team and used professional ENG broadcast HD video cameras and offline editing.&nb...

    • 27 min
    Tech is brilliant but so is the human touch.

    Tech is brilliant but so is the human touch.

    In this episode of Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos, Nigel Lewis talks about his passion for IT and how it can transform the lives of disabled and older people. He also reminds us there is still much to do to ensure that technology is accessible, inclusive and available to all. His career began in software development, and he has since worked in many aspects of IT services over the years.Nigel Lewis was the London regional director for Fujitsu Services before he joined AbilityNet as their CEO in 2007...

    • 28 min

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