Disabled people are creating a radio space for topics that affect and interest them. Supported by the Rennaisance Group, this show is by, for and about disabled people and covers current global and community affairs. They explore housing and transport, successes in employment, education, and regularly review the city with a view to accessibility and sociability.
Born with no arms and short legs as a result of the drug thalidomide, Barry’s disability certainly doesn’t cramp his style, nor has it ever dampened his enthusiasm for living life to the full. Married to Bronwyn, he is the father of one. As well as being co-founder of Renaissance Group, Barry is an established leader in the Health and Disability sector.
Ripu has a passion for journalism and the rights of disabled people. He strives to represent the issues and provide a voice for people in the disability community. Ripu obtained a graduate certificate in journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. In his spare time he likes to play guitar.
Sport is Va’s special interest and she is presenting the sports news and backgrounders on the radio show. She’s a fan of rugby league and athletics and the disability sport of ‘physical’ rugby league. She works as a volunteer at The Cube, a one-stop shop for disability services. Shopping for hats and shoes, watching romance movies and feasting on cheesecake and chocolate fudge are Va’s ways to chill.
Joshua’s way of dealing with a fear of heights was to go up Skytower, indicative of his willingness to explore new opportunities and cultures. An ambition to work on radio has led him to Radio Gaga. He’s a great talker with a talent for languages. He raps in French and plays the bagpipes, practising with the Pukekohe RSA bagpipers. Josh tells us about a different disability each week.
Stephanie enjoys hanging with friends, shopping at the Mall, watching romance and comedy movies with her boyfriend Joe. She likes to collect colourful designer stationery with Hello Kitty a favourite. Other pastimes for Stephanie are walking as well as preparing her radio segment on what’s happening around Auckland – in the galleries, markets, fairs and fundraisers.