Author Archives: Tim Abbott

About Tim Abbott

Producer, journalist, individual, #spoonie.

Technical Difficulties – 10 May 2013

Today we feature an interview conducted by John Pring of Disability News Service with Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer, who was recently re-elected to serve the Wadebridge East ward.

The full piece is available here:

Cllr Brewer told Disability Cornwall in 2011 that disabled children should be “put down” because the money spent on them was better allocated to projects with a broader reach.

He resigned as a councillor in earlier this year but was re-elected last week.


This programme, on the eve of Mother’s Day in the US is dedicated to women who cannot be mothers. More details on living with women’s infertility, hysterectomy and mourning the loss of children not born, visit


Technical Difficulties from Alex’s Place… again

This week’s show covers adjusting to receiving help when you are used to giving it (and vice versa) and ways to relax, including the increased usage of legalised medicinal marijuana.

Technical Difficulties 4 – from Alex’s Place

Tim Abbott and Sonja K Peterson broadcast from Alex’s Place in Moorhead, Minnesota.

On the fourth anniversary of her hysterectomy, we talk about the loss afterward, especially on the anniversary.

The day after Thanksgiving, we also look at coping with family occasions as a spoonie and managing medication when you want to still have fun.

Technical Difficulties 4:4

Sara Culwell talks through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010, aka Obamacare, which the Republican nominee for president of the US, Gov. Mitt Romney, wants to repeal.

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Technical Difficulties 4:3

News from the mess that is Atos’s assessments and another chance to hear the pink-haired punk Kieran Strange hitting a nerve.


Technical Difficulties 4:2 (with Disability News Service)

Disability News Service round-up including:

? British Paralympians Danielle Brown, David Smith and David Clarke on the effect that Disability Living Allowance has on their lives

? Atos’s continued high rate of failure in testing.

The Disabled List – Day 11

The last day from the Paralympics.

An overview of the entire experience across 12 days.

Classification and the last evening in the *lympic Stadium and then Wheelchair Rugby in the temporary Basketball Arena.


A look at the neighbourhoods which will spring up in what was the Park.

The Disabled List – Day 10

Blind football at the Riverbank Arena, aka 5 a side football climaxed. The preceding night, Tim saw wheelchair basketball at the Dome.

The Disabled List – Day 8 and 9

After light winds caused the cancellation of the final day in Weymouth, Dorset our trip to the sailing saw no sport.

We reflect on the experience of travelling through the area, feature the sounds of the seaside and a couple of ambassadors, appointed to promote the area for the Games.

Also featuring road cycling at Brands Hatch in Kent.