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Stories

Jenny Blyth

Jenny Blyth has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and fibromyalgia. In 2014 she realised the impact of having an office based role was becoming intolerable: the pain of sitting at a desk all day and the exhaustion from the commute became too difficult to manage. Jenny decided to set up her own business: Storm in a Teacup, selling giftware.

Amanda Jayne Harman

At the age of 52 Amanda was diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC) and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). In November 2021 she founded her business, Outside the Box: neurodiverse coaching and mentoring. She uses a variety of empowering tools and other strategies to coach and support neurodivergent people.

Stephanie Ward

Stephanie has bilateral developmental dysplasia of the hips and at 24, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. In 2020 Stephanie set up a virtual assistant business. Find out how she gives people their time back and helps them be more productive.

Funmi Lawal

Funmi Lawal suffered a stroke following child birth at the age of 35. After recognising the challenges faced by disabled women she founded ClipKnix. The company creates adaptive, fashionable underwear for women.

Vie Portland

Following a diagnosis of Epidermolysis Bullosa, Vie Portland founded a Community Interest Company called VieNess, Discover You, Love You in June 2019. She teaches self-esteem and confidence to children, young people, and vulnerable women.

Andy Knill

Andy founded Andy Knill Art in 2017. After 30 years in teaching and a long battle with mental health he decided to pursue his passion as an artist and set up his own studio.

Victoria Jenkins

Victoria Founded Unhidden Clothing in 2017 as a socially responsible adaptive fashion brand for people with disabilities. Victoria has developed a ten piece collection for men and women which addresses as many access considerations as possible, from fastenings to fit, and from construction to fabric.

Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale

Doctor Rebecca is an Author, Counsellor and Coach. She’s never had a ‘9 to 5' job due to her poor physical health. The full extent of Rebecca’s story is about recapturing a feeling of joy from her childhood while navigating her illness, which she views as a meandering detour.

Zubee Kibria

Zubee Kibria is the founder of Access My Events, a consultancy business that aims to make events in the UK more accessible to disabled people.

Marcia Antony

Marcia has multiple sclerosis and is a wheelchair user. She is a passionate advocate for disabled people - her belief that disability does not define her shines through in all she does.

Kush Kanodia

Kush Kanodia is an experienced and influential social entrepreneur who has a portfolio career focusing on four main areas of activity – health and wellbeing, technology, sports and finally employment and entrepreneurship.

Ellen Cole

Ellen Cole is the Founder of Little Seed Group. Ellen shares how a sudden redundancy turned out to be the push she needed to start her business, and how dyslexia helps her think out of the box.