This week’s video was due to feature BBC Project CAPE’s dynamic duo of Leena Haque & Sean Gilroy but Sean had a cycling accident and was unable to record. Neil has been collaborating with them on several projects including the latest one focusing on how Neurodiverse people acquire knowledge so Debra & Antonio turned the mic on him to set the scene for the twitter chat.
Delivering workshops, seminars and guidance to wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. Passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. Travelled to more than 80 countries developing wheelchair tennis. Attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. Extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries. Experienced public speaker. Advisor to Choice International. Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee. Ambassador for Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Event Manager for Raw Fest 2017.
Sebastian Flores, Bachelor in Diplomacy and International Relations is the Co-Founder and Accessibility Consultant of Comparlante.
Sebastian is a young leader and social entrepreneur with visual impairment/low vision (though in Sebastian’s words that term only refers to his sight condition but never to his vision) born in Quito Ecuador on October 19, 1989 who has developed his professional training with a focus on international affairs, with special emphasis on Diplomacy, International Politics, Law, Democracy and Citizen Participation, the ICTs in the context of Electronic Government and Digital Diplomacy, the role of youth in the global process of sustainable development, humanitarian issues and the consultancy on accessibility and equity for persons with disabilities, both locally and internationally.
Sebastian’s global activity as a lecturer, TEDx Speaker and young diplomat comprises a variety of scenarios: from the academic and community level, the accompanying and development of social, business and humanitarian enterprises, to his participation at decision-making spaces in parliaments, summits and Multilateral forums, international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and youth advocacy networks.
Comparlante is a technological and social entrepreneurship formed by young entrepreneurs and change agents teamed up to create innovative tools and solutions under the goal of achieving a more accessible and non-disabled world for everyone.
Comparlante was founded in 2015 in Argentina with the aim of providing a virtual platform for the access of the blind and partially sighted to reading on an accessible and collaborative format. Nowadays, Comparlante operates in 7 Latin American countries through its webpage www.comparlante.com and social media offering a wide range of services to individuals, organizations, companies, governments (among others) focused not only on the accessibility of persons with all kind of disabilities but the equal development of all sectors of our society.
Unfortunately Danielle was unwell for our recording so here is an earlier talk she did for TED.
Psychologist and “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” awardee
Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being.
After an explosion of media attention when Dr. Sheypuk became the first model in a wheelchair to “walk” the runway at New York Fashion Week, her impact on the disabled community and its image within society has been tremendous and universal. Holding a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City, Dr. Sheypuk is widely regarded as a “sexpert” and leading commentator on issues confronting the disabled population. She has established a successful and innovative private therapy practice that employs Skype-based treatment, which she engineered specifically to make it easier for people with disabilities to attend sessions.
Using her personal story as a central supporting example, including winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012, Dr. Sheypuk has received positive responses from social media followers and media outlets around the world. As Yahoo! News stated, “Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist, can rock a pair of Louboutins, regardless of her wheelchair, and is fighting the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding people with disabilities.” Her approach to life and love as an urban-dwelling professional has been favorably compared to an episode of “Sex and the City.” Media appearances have included features The New York Daily News, Upworthy, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail (U.K.), WCBS Radio, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, WNBC’s Weekend Today in NY, WNBC’s New York Nightly News, ABC News, Yahoo!, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Elle Magazine, among many others.