Jacqui grew up thinking she was a ‘unicorn’ - she had never met another disabled person before the age of 13, or saw any on TV.
She credits this tough start for giving her a kind of “…automatic resilience and I think growing up with different kinds of people in my life and in my environment really moulded me into the person that I am today and being confident in my own skin.”
A spoken word artist, Miss Jacqui shares her life story with us and her interview is full of memories and observations from her life as a young female wheelchair user.
Her funny anecdotes cover life at school – including the moment she threw a pig’s heart at the wall during a science lesson – and how she could finally keep up with her mates in her new powered wheelchair.
Having travelled and lived in different parts of the world, she also describes the different international attitudes towards disability and her campaigning work on accessibility.
“New buildings, why can’t they have lifts in them?” she asks.
Issues of culture and representation are also reflected on and the huge importance her Whizz-Kidz wheelchairs have played in reflecting her personal style.