Normalise disabled people working - Listen to a clip here
“Ironically, it was never other people with a disability saying you don’t need to worry about going to work. It was other people. And, actually, the people I spoke to that had disabilities were like, 'well, I do'.
"If people are seen with disabilities doing stuff, then actually, it becomes the norm rather than a difference.”
Role models - Listen to a clip here
“Some people want to be the next Paralympic star and to see the likes of Hannah Cockroft and David Weir doing that is amazing for them…
"For a lot of people, you just want to have, kind of, a standard life…You want to have a job and a house, a family and a dog and your car...”
Work placements - Listen to a clip here
“There was a stat that was something like, if a kid had a disability they were something like 80% less likely to get a work placement or to do work experience than a peer at school.
“I’m 37 now and going back to when I was 15, 16 and there was a mentality of, well, if you don’t kind of want to work you don’t have to anyway […] I think most people I know with a disability, they want to work.”
Workshops in schools - Listen to a clip here
“Some of my favourite sessions have been getting, you know, like you say, able-bodied people into chairs for the first time…
"The kid that’s always been picked last because they’re in a wheelchair or they’ve got a disability is suddenly the expert in something…
"Disability’s not something to be scared of or to run away from, it’s something that actually makes people very unique…”