Dis Connected

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Dis Connected

For seven weeks this summer, we've been linking noteworthy disabled people together in an interview chain ... where the interviewee becomes interviewer in the following week's video.

They share their life experiences, with each person in the chain bringing something new to the table. Are their experiences of life similar? Are they different? And what does 'disabled' mean anyway?

In our seventh and final video, the two baronesses Tanni Grey-Thompson and Jane Campbell go from witty to poignant in a fascinating discussion that you mustn't miss.

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This film was made shortly after it was announced Tanni was to become a peer. Baroness Jane Campbell, already in the House of Lords, has a few tips for her. We also learn what Jane hopes to achieve in disability rights and, surprise of all surprises, her gangland connection (?)

But it's the basic stuff that matters as Tanni shows by kicking off an unexpected discussion about accessible loos.

Thanks go to our eight contributors in this series, from chat show queen Trisha Goddard through to Baroness Campbell. We put together an eclectic group of well-known people who can, to some degree or other, be seen as disabled - whether they want to call it that or not, it doesn't matter. We hope that seeing them all together in this way will get you thinking about what disability is ... or isn't.

The Dis Connected series was produced by Kate Ansell.

Watch our interview series from the start ...

Interview 1: Trisha Goddard and Cerrie Burnell
Five's daily talk show host was surprised to hear we thought she was disabled, and Cerrie talked about the parents who contacted the BBC to say she was scaring their children.

Interview 2: Cerrie Burnell meets Cara Readle
CBeebies presenter Cerrie shares her experiences of the acting business with relative newcomer Cara Readle.

Interview 3: Cara Readle meets Gail Porter
Gail worried that her daughter wouldn't recognise her when her hair fell out. And Cara didn't know what she'd be able to achieve until acting came along.

Interview 4: TV's Gail Porter meets Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison
Blaine discusses how access to gigs is poor and especially awkward for the performer. Gail's other job is as a music manager so this is something she's particularly aware of.

Interview 5: Musician Blaine Harrison meets discrimination barrister John Horan
John tells Blaine that discrimination is "disgusting" and Blaine wants to know if disabled people aren't proactive enough at defending their rights?

Interview 6: Barrister John Horan meets Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Retired paralympian Tanni says she was always an annoyingly active child. And John admits he didn't think much of disability sport until he became disabled.

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