That’s right, the hotly anticipated Shaw Trust Power 100 List has finally landed.
Recognising the top 100 most influential disabled people in the UK today, this list shines a spotlight on those who are using their voices to fight inequality, educate society, improve inclusion and pave the way for future generations to experience a more inclusive society.
This year’s top spot on the Shaw Trust Power 100 list has been awarded to the fierce disability rights activist Baroness Jane Campbell. She has spent most of her life fighting the injustices that exist in our society, she has been a leading voice in the disabled community since the 80s and was at the forefront of the disability movement. Her tireless work saw her appointed as Disability Committee Chair for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2006 and in 2007 she was awarded a life peerage and became an Independent Crossbencher in the House of Lords as Baroness Campbell of Surbiton.
She continues to focus on changing legislation and improving independent living and consciously keeps in touch with disabled people running grassroots campaigns, ensuring she does not lose touch with what disabled want and need. She offers advice to the generation of change-makers and rebels that are coming up the ranks:
“You have a right to be a full member of society. You have a right to be included in everything. If you find you’re not wanted or invited in, you must fight to enter. Unfortunately, there’ll always be those who don’t want us included because we remind them of their own mortality and fear of disempowerment or they simply cannot be bothered to change their ways. It’s not fair, but just get over it. We must never go back into the closet. If you want to feel comfortable in the world you’re in, you’ve got to be prepared to fight for your equal slice of cake. It’s not easy and no one is going to do it for you. But that’s life for most people – it’s just a bit harder for us.”
You would be hard pushed to find a more deserving winner of this accolade.
A Powerful Bunch
The Shaw Trust Power 100 list itself makes for great reading. It is packed with many familiar faces and some new not so well-known ones too. At PosAbility we are beaming because the list sees all of our columnists recognised for their hard work and influence, these include:
Jane is the founder of Evenbreak, a recruitment company that focuses on connecting disabled candidates with inclusive employers. She writes a regular employment advice column for PosAbility to help readers make the most out of their CV, perfect their interview techniques and ultimately find their dream job.
A prominent voice in the disabled community, Mik relentlessly campaigns for the rights of disabled people. He also delivers equality training and educates companies on how create inclusive and accessible environments. He has recently been appointed as the access and inclusion manager for Network Rail.
The amazingly talented actress and writer is a well-known face in the media. Regularly called upon to discuss issues affecting disabled people on radio and TV programmes, Sam also writes about her experiences as a young disabled woman for PosAbility, The Metro and the Huffington Post.
The 13-year-old daughter of our columnist Dan White, Emily has been recognised for her incredible work campaigning for access and social change. She is also the recent winner of a National Diversity Award. And by the looks of it she is the youngest member of the Power 100, quite an achievement.
Other notable names on the list include the eloquent and powerful writer and activist Eugene Grant, founder of review site Euan’s Guide – Euan MacDonald, founder of The Quality Company Jackie Downer MBE, regular Guardian columnist Dr Frances Ryan and so many more!
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