Sarah spent 17 years supporting a team assessing disabled people for blue badges.
When her health declined she found so many simple tasks hard and learned of RiDC through her local advocacy group.
"I have complex disabilities which include significant neuropathy in my hands and legs and struggle to do the most basic tasks safely at home. When I was invited by RiDC to help with research on food packaging I felt so much less alone, less anxious and for first time in months felt I was helping others again. The panel I was invited to take part in had such a friendly atmosphere and was made up of various ages, the facilitators made sure each of us had time to share our experiences and opinions and I felt valued.
My main interests are product packaging, including cosmetics and food. Also public transport is a sore point, I use crutches and public transport is a nightmare - especially trying to travel any great distance such as to see my parents in Ireland.
I love to cook but can’t do so safely alone so finding tips and tricks to make it safer for us are a huge passion for me. I was a chef before working in my last role - it drives me mad not to be independent in the kitchen - especially as I am on special diet plans for my medical situation and can’t eat processed food. So it’s really important I can cook safely and too my plan when my husband is working his shift patterns (12hrs).
RiDC is important because it gives us a voice, not just personally but input for our community on issues we face everyday.
Join us to help influence positive accessibility changes for the future for all of us."