Disability campaigners

30 December 2017

Here we take a look at six disability campaigners and the differences they've made. 

Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann​Judy is an American disability rights activist and one of our global ambassadors. 

Throughout her life, Judy has campaigned for the rights of disabled people.

When she was denied her teaching license, Judy took the case to court where she won and became the first wheelchair user to teach in New York City. 

Judy went on to become the Special Advisor on Disability Rights during Obama's administration. 

Liz Carr

Liz is a British actress, comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist. 

For the past 20 years, Liz has been extremely active as a disability rights campaigner and has spoken at many rallies. 

Alongside her activism, Liz is also very well known for stand-up comedy and was the co-host of the BBC podcast Ouch! from 2006–2013.

Baroness Jane Campbell

Jane is very well known within the disability world. 

From her work as commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission, until it was wound up in October 2006, to be the commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) from 2006–08.

She also served as chair of the Disability Committee which lead on the EHRC Disability Programme and was the former chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). 

Kadeena Cox

Kadeena CoxKadeena is a British para-sport athlete who competes in both sprinting and cycling.

In 2016 she became the first Paralympian to win gold medals in multiple sports at the same Games since 1984. 

Kadeena also contributed to our 100 stories project.

Maayan Ziv

Maayan Ziv is an activist, photographer and an entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada.

From a young age, Maayan challenged norms and worked within her community to increase awareness of disability issues and improve accessibility. 

Sitting on a wheelchair gives Maayan a unique perspective that is evident in her work and as a freelance artist, her goal is to bring awareness to disabilities and the arts —something she prides to work at everyday.

​Sophie Morgan

Sophie is a British television presenter, artist and model.

Alongside her charity work, Sophie also created The Mannequal, a wheelchair for a mannequin which was installed in Adidas and Debenhams.

Sophie also worked on the Channel 4 No Go Britain series and the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

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