Today, 8th March 2019 is International Women’s Day. The day is all about celebrating women's achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.
We work with some fabulous, fearless disabled women who are part of our AccessAble Champions network. They all dedicate their time to making the world a better place for people with access requirements, using their passion and skills to drive change.
Lucy, who has Cerebral Palsy, started blogging when she realised that the public were obsessed with the fact that most disabled people are inspirational Paralympians. Lucy is neither of these things and started to share her life as an average disabled person. The Four Wheeled Wonder Woman debuted, with a dollop of sense of humour and buckets of honesty, readers seemed to really like it.
Last year, using her Media degree and experience at the BBC as Production Staff, a Vlog was added to the mix, so people could not only read about her disability, but see it first hand, she’s working alongside AccessAble to help show people what it’s really like to be disabled in 2019.
Emily Rose Yates
Emily is a 27 year old accessibility consultant, travel writer and presenter currently living in Glasgow after spending much of her time in Rio de Janeiro as the primary access and inclusion consultant for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Emily now runs her own accessible travel company and delivers talks and training on disability communication, accessible travel and the sexual rights and responsibilities of disabled people with the brilliant disability awareness charity, Enhance the UK. She also writes on these issues regularly for national publications and has presented documentaries and news pieces for BBC Three and BBC Click. She’s currently studying for a PhD in Women's Studies at the University of York.
Kat is a 21-year-old disability activist, model & vlogger from Yorkshire. She enjoys expressing her creativity through creating disability awareness, promoting equality and diversity online through expression and sharing of personal experiences, through a variety of social media platforms. As a disability activist, Kat enjoys educating young people across the country. She has always had an interest in modern media and has already developed an online presence through work experience within the media industry.
Emma is a disabled travel writer and blogger from Central Scotland. She started her disability, travel and lifestyle blog, Simply Emma, in 2014 after a series of bad experiences travelling and general accessibility issues in my day-to-day life as a wheelchair user. She enjoys sharing personal stories through accessible travel guides and reviews while raising disability awareness and challenging perceptions and attitudes towards disability. Through her blog, social media channels and various online platforms, Emma hopes to encourage others to travel more and make fun discoveries and memories.
Sassy is a blind disability journalist and writer. She launched her blog Thinking Out Loud back in 2015 becoming a platform for not only herself, but for others to share their stories of living life with a disability, reviewing accessible locations, hotels, attractions, restaurants and experiences. Challenging perceptions through education and humour empowering others to be more disability confident.
Sassy’s passion is to raise awareness of disabilities and make the world a more inclusive place.