Adrian Carter: Food Entrepreneur
Adrian had big plans for Carters Home Cooking, his Caribbean catering business in South London. “I’m an entrepreneur…to the fullest. My aim is to be the Caribbean equivalent of Nando’s! You’ve got to think big and you’ve got to do it big.” This self-belief along with support from Ready to Start (A Leonard Cheshire Disability program in the UK) has equipped him with what he needs.
Seven years ago Adrian had a motorbike accident. As a result of this he lost an arm and now uses a wheelchair. After meeting on holiday a couple who had just started a catering business, he really began thinking about his future. “I didn’t want to rely on the government to support me for the rest of my life; I wanted to get on and achieve big things for myself”. With support from a food-loving family, Adrian is doing just that, most recently catering for 120 people at an event aimed at tackling gang culture and knife crime in London. His passion for food was obvious when we caught up with him at his home for these photographs and this passion is driving the business forward.
As well as gaining a strong reputation for good food, Adrian has also found fame in Leonard Cheshire Disability’s own Creature Discomforts animations. He is Ozzy the Owl in a campaign that seeks to change attitudes to disability. When it comes to Adrian, his actions probably speak louder than words. “I know where I want to be in, say, five year’s time. So I don’t let anyone put a perception on me based on my disability. No way.”
Courtesy of Ready to Start: A Leonard Chesire Disability program
John Little: Resume/CV Business Opportunities
John Little is an Australian based business professional who has conceived, developed and driven several businesses in Australia. Hs is currently expanding his Successful Resumes group internationally in America and the UK.
Previously he founded and was the managing director of a successful boutique full service advertising agency and employer of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
The Successful Resumes group is possibly the first such organisation of its type, globally, to develop and implement a Quality Assurance process across its operation.
The international group currently comprises 25 branches in Australia, with the US arm having opened for business in New York in March 2010, the new UK head office underway from April 2010, with New Zealand under autonomous management since September 2009.
John is a wheelchair user whose initial diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy occurred in his teen years. Although John clearly represents an enviable standard of business success, he is often treated by strangers with condescension because of his chair: “Good on you, isn’t that terrific.”
John's personal goal in life is to have a positive impact on people. He especially focuses on those needing help getting started in employment, people with a range of special needs and others seeking to further develop their careers.
Rob Crawford: A Learning Disability Drives Passionate and Effective Advocacy
Rob is the co-founder of the Life Development Institute starting it out of his home in 1982 as a day program for adults with hidden disabilities needing job training and independent living skills. And as a man with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Rob is well acquainted with the consequences of disability in the workplace. He explains “My entry as an entrepreneur was by getting fired repeatedly” due to difficulties communicating and processing information.
Yet today, Rob has been the driving force behind numerous private and public collaborations that have helped thousands of individuals referred from families, vocational rehabilitation, foster care system, adult basic education, professionals and consultants to participate and succeed at LDI and make the first steps into the larger community on their own.
A tireless advocate for adults with hidden disabilities, Rob has served as a volunteer and consultant with many organizations in numerous capacities such as the Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Institute for Literacy, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, and the U.S. Department of Education to name a few.