November 2nd 1999 was a life-changing day. While driving home from work running a major London ad agency, my car collided side on with an on-call fire engine. It left me with head injuries that mean I can’t balance or walk or talk as before (I’m a permanent wheelchair user, partially paralysed, with dramatic tremors, and severe speech, sight, and hearing impairments).
Since then I’ve dedicated my life to improving attitudes towards disabled people, and enhancing their experience: In 2005/6, I began sitting on UK panels on media portrayal, and soccer’s treatment of disabled people. I led by example, winning “UK Disabled Entrepreneur” 2007. And, after myself experiencing years of mistaken perceptions and assumptions, founded the charity, Diversability, to create more positive perceptions of disabled people.
My work continues here. I sit on disability advisory panels at City of Sydney and Central Coast Councils, and after years frustrated by being a couple with one of us in a wheelchair, my wife, Justine, and I founded WheelEasy, which fosters and creates better access to leisure activity for the mobility-impaired and their companions. The WheelEasy web app is the best way to affect positively the most number of lives across Australia.
Skills & Expertise
- Advertising and marketing
- Business strategy
- Market research and data analysis
- Lived experience
"The WheelEasy app is a geolocated one-stop-shop, bringing together access information on everything from beaches to cinemas to cafes. It crowdsources information, inviting everyone to share what they know, by adding places using their mobiles."
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