POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR AGE –
Emily is 12 years old and has Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, Scoliosis, and autism. When she was 3 years of age, Emily acquired her first wheelchair. She wanted to see people like her on TV and in books, so with the help of her dad she created ‘The Department of Ability Comic’, featuring five disabled superheroes with Emily as the leader! Since then, Emily has become a campaigner, competing in a number of races, swimming events and raising nearly £4000. Emily has appeared on Channel 5, ITV news and BBC discussing why disabled children need better access, care and toilets. She has campaigned outside Bathstore in Baker Street in her wheelchair for changing places to be put in all shops and parks. Emily is currently heading the campaign with her family, to petition Downing Street to have a minister for disabled children and families and works closely with Beano comics as an advisor on inclusion.