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

Mary Duffy Innovator par excellence.
Jul 28 • 16 min
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…
Steph Cutler - Panorama and Victoria Sponge?
Jun 29 • 17 min
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…
Sue Kent - Hands and Feet in Harmony
May 18 • 16 min
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…
Rudi Breakwell-Boss - Bent spoons and Gobbledegook
Feb 17 • 14 min
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…
Ross Hovey – Red Through and Through
Jan 16 • 24 min
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…
Shannon Murray – Cars, Sticks and Toilet seats!
Nov 23, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Andy Healey - When push comes to shove.
Oct 28, 2019 • 18 min
Andy Healey is an aerospace writer and published author. He blogs on mobility and disabled travel at (http:// . Andy flew helicopters in the Royal Navy and subsequently for an air-taxi operator near…
Jamie Knight and Lion - Jamie explains the importance of the tech he uses and the vital role it plays in helping him to manage communication, mood and life generally.
Sep 26, 2019 • 21 min
Jamie explains the importance of the tech he uses and the vital role it plays in helping him to manage communication, mood and life generally.
Alice Maynard on the things that help her maintain her independence.
Sep 5, 2019 • 19 min
Dr Alice Maynard CBE is an experienced Non-Executive Director having worked since the early ‘90s as a Trustee of several Charities and a member of two Housing Association Committees.Alice was Chair of Scope for 6 years, a £100m turnover charity…
Vivek Gohil – Gamer Extraordinaire.
Aug 16, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Have Spoon Will Travel - Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds
Jul 12, 2019 • 21 min
Born in 1960, Rosie’s impairment is four-limbed Phocomelia caused by the drug Thalidomide. After graduating with a BSc., (Hons) Degree in Psychology through Cardiff University in 1985, Rosie joined the Civil Service and remained with the Department of…
It’s all about finding your way around says R‚Äčick Williams
Jun 29, 2019 • 19 min
Rick Williams runs his own business based in Brighton. The company have been around for about 20 years and supply consultancy and training services to organisations that want to improve their employment and services provided for disabled people. Rick went…
Simon Minty on his most useful gadgets
Jun 14, 2019 • 11 min
I’ve known Simon Minty for many years in fact for a number of those years we were business partners, so I feel I know him pretty well. In this conversation, Simon talks about the things he finds invaluable in helping to maintain his level of independence…
Geoff Adams-Spink talks about his favourite gadgets
May 30, 2019 • 14 min
Hello everyone and welcome to this the inaugural edition of the Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos podcast. We’re delighted to welcome as our first guest Geoff Adams-Spink one of the trustees of Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC). Geoff was born with…
Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos
Mar 30, 2019 • 1 min
Hello everyone just a quick note to let you know that I’m planning to develop a new podcast in which I interview disabled people about the things they use to overcome the barriers they face because of their disability. I’ll keep you posted as to when this…