Tracey, the lady I work with at school, just sent me this link, and as soon as I started listening to it I began to feel guilty that it had crept under my radar. Ability by Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley is an astonishing piece of radio. To start with, I thought it would be the usual collection of disability-related observations and gags we have come to expect of him: very witty and astute, but ultimately throw-away and superficial. You know the sort of thing: VOCA-using crip in a family setting, functioning as a social narrator, used to make asides. But then, as the program went on, I realised I was listening to something far darker. Sure there was the wit one expects from a communication-aid using stand-up comedian, but this was quite edgy stuff. Without wanting to give anything away, Ridley does not hold back from exposing some of the realities of lives like ours. This is not the sugar-coated pap one has come to expect. My hat is doffed to Ridley. Hopefully I will soon be living up to his standard in my own work.
[Edited 11/01/2017 at 19:05:37 - minor correction - Lee Ridley not lee Rigby]
[Edited 11/01/2017 at 21:52:46 - corrected title]