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Who is Britain’s most influential disabled person? Nominations open today

Shaw Trust Disability Power 100

03 December 2018

Who is Britain’s most influential disabled person? Nominations open today

The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List opens for nominations today (Monday 3 December). You can nominate any individual, disabled or living with an impairment, who is working to break the stigma around disability, to create a more accessible and inclusive world.
 
Appropriately, nominations are opening on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day promotes the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society. The theme of the day this year is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. 
 
The annual publication lists the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. More than 700 nominations were received for the 100 places in 2018. The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel.
 
There are seven categories open for nominations:

  • Arts, Fashion and Design
  • Business, Finance and IT
  • Entertainment
  • Politics and Law
  • Education, Public and Third Sector
  • Digital, Media and Publishing
  • Sport.

 
Number one on the 2018 Power List Alex Brooker, journalist, comedian and presenter of Channel 4’s award winning show “The Last Leg”, said: “To get all these disabled people together, and acknowledge them, in one publication. It’s fantastic. There are disabled people who are doing amazing things in all manner of industries who you otherwise may not hear about. Obviously the likes of myself and Hillsy and the Paralympians, to an extent: our work is widely known because it’s on television, it gets newspaper coverage, but there’s a great number of disabled people who I’d argue have probably been more influential than myself but who are working in different industries.”
 
Nick Bell, Interim Chief Executive of Shaw Trust - a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, said:
“This is your chance to recognise the work of a disabled person in the UK whom you think has the most influence. You can highlight their work to show that disability or impairment is not a barrier to success. Nominations are open and it’s easy to do; simply go to  www.disabilitypower100.com. We look forward to seeing the long list of those nominated. I’m sure it will be another difficult year for judges.”
 
The nomination form for Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be found on www.disabilitypower100.com.
 
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Notes to Editor
 
About the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List
The Shaw Trust Power List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. Since its inception four years ago, the publication has gone from strength to strength. Over the years it has allowed Shaw Trust to encourage businesses, employers and other organisations to reflect on opportunities available for disabled people. The list plays a vital role in providing much needed encouragement to the young and talented leaders of tomorrow, allowing them to see that aspiration and ambition can be fulfilled regardless of disability or impairment.
 
For more information please visit: www.disabilitypower100.com
 
About Shaw Trust
Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally.
 
Our specialist services help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. As a charity we add value to every service we deliver by investing back into the people and communities we support.
 
Shaw Trust is one of the largest 25 charities in the UK. Comprising Shaw Trust, Prospects, Ixion and Shaw Education Trust, we use our 75 years’ combined experience to support people to develop their potential. By joining together we are working to reach one goal: to help transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year.
 
Our 3,500 staff and 1,000 volunteers provide joined-up services for government, local authorities, combined authorities, employers, stakeholders – including the Department for Work and Pensions, Education and Skills Funding Agency, clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts – and individuals.
 
For more information please visit: https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/
 
Media Contact
Jayne Runacres 
Prospects (part of Shaw Trust group)
jayne.runacres@prospects.co.uk  
020 8315 1023 or 07901 922211


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