We’ve introduced a new batch of columnists to give new perspectives and fresh opinion to Able Magazine.

Our new columnists have one major point in common with each other: they were all named on the Shaw Trust Disability Power List in December 2018.

Jill Barkley

Around 12 years ago Jill joined RNIB Connect Radio in Scotland, Europe’s first station for blind and partially sighted people. She has also worked with BBC Radio Scotland hosting the Music Match and in 2018 she took a coveted late night slot, presenting The Jill Barkley Show.

Emma Muldoon

Blogger, Emma shares useful resources and travel tips as well as reviews of attractions, accessible walks, live events, transport and accommodation – all with a personal touch.

Mary Doyle

Since 2017 Mary’s run her own professional coaching business, helping people tackle challenges, find new direction, make brave choices and become ‘an outrageous success’.

Chloe Tear

Chloe writes the ‘Life as a Cerebral Palsy Student’ blog which has attracted over 80,000 views and led her to work with over 45 organisations including: Scope, the Royal Institute of Blind People, Huffington Post, the BBC, Cosmopolitan and The Mighty.

Frances Ryan

Frances Ryan is an award-winning journalist and political commentator. She is a Guardian columnist, writing the Hardworking Britain series. She also contributes to the iPaper, The Pool, and New Statesman.

Ciara Lawrence

Ciara Lawrence describes herself as an advocate, spokesperson and passionate campaigner with a penchant for the colour pink.

Shani Dhanda

Shani has brittle bone disease, which inspired her disability rights advocacy. She is the founder of the Diversability Card, the UK’s first official discount card for disabled people.

It’s going to be fun getting to know them…

About the Shaw Trust Disability Power List 2018

The Shaw Trust Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. The list plays a vital role in providing encouragement to the young and talented leaders of tomorrow, allowing them to see that aspiration and ambition can be fulfilled regardless of disability or impairment.

The full Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be found at: www.disabilitypower100.com