In this video, I show casual outfits for the winter months. I like to be stylish but practical and keep warm! Shot in different locations from Brighton to London you will see jumpers, jackets, coats, jeans, shoes and boots with caps, hats and sunglasses. Caps and hats add style and also keep me warm and I love glasses. I enjoy playing with accessories to alter the looks slightly. I hope you enjoy the video and let me know what you think.
I had the honour to interview Samantha Renke talking about fashion for my youtube channel. At this point I am sure you already know Sam… but below is an intro I found in the Daily Mail. I hope you like our video. We talk about Parallel London, how to be a model, VisAble, fashion in general, the things Sam likes to wear, etc… I won’t tell you everything so not spoil the video.
In the end, we ended up with 2 videos.
Enjoy it and please leave your comments.
Who is Samantha Renke?
“Samantha, 32, is a Lancashire born actress and public speaker who currently lives in east London.
Renke, a former teacher, moved to London several years ago to pursue a career in acting and made her debut in an independent film called Little Devil.
Samantha won best actress at the LA Diversity Film Festival.
She is a supporter of the disability charity Scope and patron of Head2Head Theatre Company, and occasionally writes for The Huffington Post.”
She’s on Twitter @samrenke. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5259409/Would-share-real-story-wounds.html
Choosing jeans as a wheelchair user is often not straightforward. Traditional jeans are not designed for people who are seated so there are some things for designers to think about and things for wheelchair users to consider when selecting the most suitable pair of jeans.
I am often asked how I drive a car. I guess it is easy to assume that if I don’t have use of my legs then I am unable to accelerate, brake and change gear. Having an automatic vehicle solves changing gear. Braking and accelerating are made possible by the installation of a set of hand controls, which allow me to operate the medals with my hands. Hand controls are a set of levers attached to the steering column and the pedals. I push down on the hand controls to brake and pull up to accelerate. To assist with steering I have a ‘steering ball’ attached to the steering wheel that aids enable steering with one hand whilst operating the hand controls.
I transfer from my wheelchair to the driver’s seats by putting my hands on the top of the open door and the top of the car. I grab handle in the car can be useful but our current car does not have one. Once in the car I take the wheels of my wheelchair and put them behind the front seats. I then recline the driver’s seat a little and swing the frame of the wheelchair across my body and place it on the passengers’ seat. For safety, I use the safety belt in the wheelchair.
This is how I transfer and drive. Almost any vehicle can be adapted and other people will have different solutions to enable them to drive.
Modifications that can be made to a car include:
hand controls for braking and accelerating
seat belt modifications or harnesses
wheelchair stowage equipment
In the UK the ‘Motability Scheme’ provides an affordable way for disabled people to lease a car: https://www.motability.co.uk
Mobility is important as it provides independence and gives disabled people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.
I hope you’ve found this article useful, it would be great to know if you have any different methods to drive. If you do, please leave a comment below!