Emily Yates is an accessibility consultant, journalist and speaker currently living in Glasgow after dividing her time between the UK and Rio de Janeiro, where she worked with the underground transport system in order to promote inclusion for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and wrote the Lonely Planet Guide to Accessible Rio de Janeiro that was endorsed by the International Paralympic Committee and given to over 2000 Paralympians. These opportunities emerged after Emily volunteered as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Games, and was mentioned by Lord Sebastian Coe at his Closing Ceremony Speech.
Emily campaigns for disability rights in the UK and works for a charity called Enhance the UK, delivering disability awareness training in schools, businesses and other organisations, including The National Gallery, Scope and the BBC to name a few. She has worked for the United Nations in New York, where she gained knowledge of the historical and cultural foundations and developments of the United Nations and was involved in global meetings with lesser developed countries which reflected on issues such as conflict resolution and electoral campaigns. Emily has also worked at the House of Commons for a month, shadowing her local MP and attending talks with the Department for International Development (DfID), several of which focused specifically on access and inclusion.
Emily runs her own business, creating accessible travel guides and vlogs, as well as providing access consultancy for businesses and organisations all over the UK and abroad. She has delivered a TEDx Talk, written for The Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph Travel, the BBC and Huffington Post, and has also recently presented two documentaries and narrated a 4 part series for BBC3, all of which can be found on the iPlayer. She was the first wheelchair user to cross the Sinai Desert, and has lived and worked in Australia, China, southern Africa, Bali and Brazil.
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