Episode 4: Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds

Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos
Dr Phil Friend
7 Oct 2020

Born in 1960, Rosie’s impairment is four-limbed Phocomelia caused by the drug Thalidomide.

Listen to Rosaleen's Gears, Gadgets and Gizmos

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 Trade and Industry at Companies House Cardiff until 1993 at Executive Officer level.

In 1995 Rosie formed the RMS Disability Issues Consultancy, out of a genuine desire to deliver first-class training in the field of Disability Equality and Disability Issues.Rosie received an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List in 2015, “For Services to the Equality and the Rights of Disabled People.”Rosie was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in 2017.

Married, with one son, Rosie has a particular interest in radio, television and the arts.  Rosie has been the subject of several documentaries. She has worked with the BBC, Sky and ITV, and can be heard regularly on BBC Radio Wales.  She is a freelance TV and Radio Presenter.

Here are some of the products Rosie talks about in the podcast:

  • Single-use flexible straws
  • Folding shelf for eating in restaurants 
  • Fork holder with a magnet, use cheap cutlery 
  • Mount n mover (a wheelchair mount that moves)