Yorkshire Times
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10:40 AM 29th October 2020

Emily Yates Named In The Shaw Trust Power 100 List

Yorkshire born accessibility consultant Emily Rose Yates has been named in the Shaw Trust Power 100 List, the annual publication listing the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. The prestigious list recognises the work of disabled people in a broad range of fields.

Emily, who originates from Skipton and attended South Craven School has been a wheelchair user for 20 years. She is an independent accessibility consultant, journalist and has presented several documentaries for BBC Three. She said ‘I am delighted to be named in the Power 100 List. Barriers that disabled people face are not just physical, but also social too, due to prejudice, discrimination or an outdated mindset. Accessibility audits and disability awareness training can cover everything from creating accessible job adverts and interviews, to how to develop an inclusive culture for deaf and disabled people within larger organisations. As more and more people work from home due to the pandemic it’s time to re-think how we work, and hopefully that opens virtual and real doors for deaf and disabled people.’

Emily has worked around the world, speaking at the British Consulate in Rio de Janeiro on access and inclusion prior to the 2016 Olympic Games and advising from an accessibility perspective on the upgrading of stations within the Metro Rio underground transport system. More recently, she has worked with Heathrow Airport to update their Access and Inclusion Standards for passengers and staff. In addition to her consultancy, Emily works as a disability awareness trainer with charity Enhance The UK and has trained staff within the BBC, Premier League Football Clubs and third sector organisations.

She says ‘In my role as campaign manager for Enhance The UK my focus is on the Undressing Disability campaign which aims to break the taboo around sex and disability. We do important work within care homes, bring experts together to share knowledge and ideas via our online Hub and champion the importance of inclusive sex education in schools.’ A recent campaign partnered with SH24 and Fettle Health to offer free STI test kits to disabled people and gave individuals who may struggle to access sexual health screening the opportunity to do a free test in the comfort of their home.