POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR DISABILITY –
Jo is a disability advocate, speaker and published author. She is also deafblind with only 5% vision due to a progressive condition Usher Syndrome. An emotional YouTube video capturing Jo as her cochlear implants were switched on became one of the world’s most watched internet videos of 2014, touching the hearts of millions around the world. With over 25 years’ experience, Jo has worked for various charities and possesses an in-depth knowledge of Disability and Human Rights, tirelessly fundraising and often leading campaigns. She organised The Gift of Hearing which involved the distribution of hearing aids to children in Bangladesh, as captured in an award winning TV documentary. As well as being a busy Mum of two, Jo has also founded her own charity, CUREUsher collaborating with scientists looking to cure the leading cause of deafblindness.