3rd December 2020. I have been reflecting today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities at how different this year has been. As previously I have been so fortunate to be celebrating this day at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, speaking on all things invisible disabilities and Inclusive Entrepreneurship. This year's theme is also very close to my heart as I live with a condition that is not visible and fluctuates. Like many people in these circumstances my life revolves around the complexities of how I interact with the world around me as my symptoms play havoc with my body. Those who know me have shared the resultant highs, lows, tears and laughter that follows.
I have always worked in the field of reducing inequalities and have had opportunities to really make a difference, initially within Inclusive Play and Childcare having as an entrepreneur opened one of the first The Inclusive Childcare Schemes in the UK.
Latterly elements of my work via my business Universal Inclusion and the collaborations I have entered into, definitely benefit from my having a lived experience and in the words of Confuscius "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life". I am blessed as I am able to do this as I seek to increase equality of access to life’s opportunities.
I took some time to look back at the very first Inclusive Entrepreneurship Programme I developed in 2013.
Our events in St Georges Hall and Media City in pursuit of equity for those who wish to create enterprise.
How in the midst of the pandemic out of the depths of despair our Inclusive Entrepreneur Online Friday Briefings began, providing much needed support for disabled entrepreneurs #InclusiveEntrepreneursOnline as they navigate the impact of the Pandemic.
and the wonderful opportunity to create and provide the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, supported by Savvitas.
The series of 10 Podcasts which will be released over the coming weeks provide a unique insight into Entrepreneurs who have protected characteristics particularly disabled entrepreneurs capturing in real time how they have and continue to navigate the Pandemic.
Jacqueline Winstanley, FRSA
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