International Day of Disability

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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a UN-recognised date where the achievements of disability is celebrated.  On 3 December every year, disabled people from around the world take a moment to celebrate their achievements, no matter how big or small. First proclaimed in 1992, 25 years on the day is a chance for everyone to share in success.

With this in mind, here are just a few disabled people from the UK who have shown what can be achieved – have a look and add your own people in the comments below!

Hannah Cockcroft

Hannah Cockcroft

Image (C) Hannah Cockcroft

Yorkshire-born Hannah is a record breaking gold medalist, with Paralympic and World Championship titles to her name.  Awarded an MBE in 2013 for her services to athletics, Hannah also runs 17 Management, a management agency dedicated to representing disabled athletes.

10 world championship titles and 5 times Paralympic champion – Hannah has become a formidable force on the track.

Martyn Sibley

Martyn is the co-founder of Accomable and runs Disability Horizons, the online disability magazine.  Martyn describes his vision as:

to live in a world without barriers, prejudice or discrimination.

Martyn and SrinMartyn enjoys his epic adventures, having travelled all over the world.  He also has written several books and in his spare time (yes, he has managed to find some spare time!) enjoys scuba diving.

Srin Madipalli

Srin is the co-founder of Accomable, the accessible holiday accommodation booking platform.  Srin set out on a road trip across Europe to find out accessible accommodation and share this with other disabled people.  What resulted was a vast amount of unique holiday opportunities and in 2017, the success was recognised when the website was acquired by AirBNB.

Hannah Barham-Brown

Hannah Barham-BrownHannah is a junior doctor, first and foremost.  Having been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), she completed her medical studies whilst both campaigning against changes to junior doctor contracts and crowd-funding a lightweight wheelchair to help her be able to provide care to her patients.

Hannah has become an influential voice within the British medical community, with several successful motions with the BMA to date.

Jo Southall

Jo SouthallJo is considered to simply be the definitions section of a medical dictionary, with more conditions than anyone else known to us so far, including EDS and POTS.  A qualified Occupational Therapist, Jo has pioneered a care technique using video conferencing, webinars and social media.  Using her life experience, Jo delivers clear and concise support to her patients whilst at the same time lecturing to universities.  Her energy/health pacing techniques are used by many around the world.

In her spare time, Jo can often be found behind a camera, capturing images of nature in action.

Who have we missed?

Since we review wheelchairs, we’ve looked at a few wheelchair users. Who are your role-model people with disabilities?  Tell us in the comments below – sign in with your Facebook or Twitter to join in.

A wheelchair user for 20 years, Dominic looks at how a wheelchair works for its user base, not the brochure. Dominic is our lead editor.

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