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Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos

Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos

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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AT and Independent Living
Apr 8 2022
16 mins
AT and Independent LivingDon't mention Dot Matrix Signs to Andy GarrettPutting on the style with Fiona Jarvis
Fiona worked as a sales manager, successfully selling multi-million-pound software systems yet becoming progressively more disabled. When taking clients to the latest cool restaurant or bar, she made sure that venues had the appropriate accessibility & facilities. Realising this information was of use to other disabled people, it became the basis of the website www.BlueBadgeStyle.com and the BBS App.This is now her full-time occupation and passion and is ‘redefining disability with style’ and provides information on a range of issues from stylish venues (their access & facilities) to trendy equipment. She also developed BBS Galleries that displayed access information on a venue website and were awarded the EIB Social Innovation Award. BBS also won the SPARK Award from the Design Council to develop a range of stylish accessories for people who ‘have their hands full – from wheelchairs to baby buggies’. Known as the ADDITI+ON Collection, the first product being DRINK, the universal glass holder, More recently, she co-founded the global Blue Badge Access Awards – ‘Inspiring better design and Celebrating exceptional venues, Improving accessibility for all through a prestigious awards ceremony.  For her work in the built environment, she was awarded a Hon. Fellowship to RIBA in 2021 and her latest project helps others create ‘accessible yet stylish homes that are a ‘joy’ to live in’,  Tailored Rooms Blue Label.Above all, she wants to encourage disabled people to go out and enjoy life, whatever their disability, whatever their style, fully armed with the additional reassurance and information they need. She doesn’t want anyone to suffer the indignity of accessing a smart restaurant through a bin room or having to use an accessible toilet in the pub next door!!!
Dec 13 2021
23 mins
Fitness and Comfort really matter.
Simone was born with shortened arms and legs as a consequence of the drug Thalidomide.  She lives in Reading, Berkshire.   After attending mainstream school, she worked for many years as a Secretary at Berkshire County Council and for Blue Circle Cement and later as an administrator for the Thalidomide Society. Following the birth of her daughter in 1996 and spurred on by the lack of support for parents with disabilities, Simone helped to set up a national charity providing support to disabled people who were or who aspired to become parents.  She served as a Trustee for the charity for ten years.Now retired, Simone exercises on a daily basis to help minimise pain, maintain fitness and improve emotional wellbeing.  She chronicles her ongoing journey of weight loss and shares her ideas for improving her mobility and fitness in her Blog www.flidfit.com.   She serves in a number of voluntary roles including Chair of her local neighbourhood association, trustee and community journalist for Reading Voluntary Action and chair of the Reading Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Board (PDSN).Past voluntary roles include serving on the Thalidomide Trust’s National Advisory Council where she co-chaired the Health and Wellbeing Committee and member of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board.   Simone enjoys blogging, creating healthy meals, exercise, gardening and travel.Links to Simone's Gadgets  Anti-gravity treadmill https://www.alterg.com/You can see a clip of Simone running on the Alter-G treadmill here:  https://flidfit.com/2018/01/15/the-alter-g-treadmill/ Leg warmers as gloves https://amzn.to/3uBRZoZ Bespoke office chair.  https://www.online-ergonomics.co.uk/product-category/chairs/adapt-chairs/ https://www.thalidomidetrust.org/health-and-wellbeing/making-life-easier/your-recommendations/ Simone's Blog: www.flidfit.comYou can see a clip of me running on the Alter-G treadmill here:https://flidfit.com/2018/01/15/the-alter-g-treadmill/
Oct 5 2021
24 mins
Better Communication means Better HealthcareGordon McCullough CEO at RIDC shares his thoughts and ideas about a post COVID futureHazel Dudley - Photography, Travel and Liverpool FC.Gavin Neate - Making the world a better place.Patrick Burke - Design and Function should go hand in hand.Mary Duffy Innovator par excellence.Steph Cutler - Panorama and Victoria Sponge?Sue Kent - Hands and Feet in HarmonyRudi Breakwell-Boss - Bent spoons and GobbledegookRoss Hovey – Red Through and ThroughShannon Murray – Cars, Sticks and Toilet seats!Andy Healey - When push comes to shove.Jamie Knight and Lion - Jamie explains the importance of the tech.Alice Maynard on the things that help her maintain her independence.Vivek Gohil – Gamer Extraordinaire.
In this Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos episode from the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RIDC), I’m in conversation with Vivek Gohil who has managed to find ways to enjoying gaming by bending technology to his will.Vivek is 29 and from Leicester, he lives with the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he uses a ventilator to help him breathe and is a powered wheelchair user. He is a Blogger, Speaker, Accessibility & Assistive Tech Consultant and Freelance Writer for the gaming website Eurogamer. Vivek primarily writes about disability representation in all forms of media, assistive technology, gaming, mental health and his lived experience. He’s worked with Microsoft testing their Xbox adaptive controller, Logitech reviewing gaming mice and game developers to improve accessibility and disability inclusion. Comics, Sci-Fi, Robotics, Superheroes, Space and Psychology interest him so if you’re not busy then he can talk your ear off about those topics. You can learn more by visiting Vivek’s blog posts at http://bit.ly/2Zp1PcXDuring our conversation Vivek mentioned the following products:Gaming Mouse Logitech 3250 http://bit.ly/308h0IqWindows Dictation Software Playstation 4 Controller adapted by Special Effect a charity. http://bit.ly/3097IvCXbox adaptive controlTitan 1 controller  https://amzn.to/3050cSnRate it! (http://bit.ly/RiDCRateitAbout) is a product review website by and for disabled people. It’s an online space for you to share views of products (specialist and mainstream), hacks, and tips to make life easier. If you’re a disabled or older person living in the UK, use your knowledge and experience to do consumer research – Join the RiDC research panel (http://bit.ly/RiDCResearchPanel)
Aug 16 2019
14 mins
Have Spoon Will Travel - Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds