1100. Emma Muldoon
Emma Muldoon, from Edinburgh, created one of the UK’s leading travel and accessibilities blog in 2014 to encourage disabled people to take on new experiences and feel empowered to visit other places.
Emma, who was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy at the age of seven and is a power wheelchair user, wanted to share her own travel experiences to inspire other disabled people to try new travel experiences. Through her blog, Emma provides reviews and advice on accessible travel and has collaborated with several disability charities and corporate partners in the tourist industry, such as ‘Hilton’ and ‘Marriott’ hotel groups, to promote accessibility. Emma is also an ambassador for ‘Euan’s Guide’, founded by Points of Light #492 and 493 Kiki and Euan MacDonald, a website and app that also provides accessibility reviews to support disabled people, and was recently named on the ‘Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List’ as one of the UK’s leading disability influencers.
In a personal letter to Emma, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your blog ‘Simply Emma’ is sending a positive message to hundreds of disabled people across the UK and beyond to feel empowered to take on new travel experiences. Your work to raise awareness around accessibility is vitally important and you should feel very proud of the difference this is making for improving the wellbeing of disabled people.”
“I am incredibly honoured to receive the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister. I am deeply humbled for the recognition of my travel and disability blog along with my volunteer work within the disability community. It gives me great happiness being able to help others in a similar circumstance see more of the world by finding accessible places to go and providing tips and advice. My dream is to live in a world that is fully inclusive and free of any barriers. Through my work and raising awareness of disability, I hope that one day that dream will become a reality for all disabled people.”
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