Meet the team
Our team members have lived experience of disability, and a shared vision to make the world an accessible place for everyone. Find out more about the people behind The Disability Union.
I’m George, I’m 30 years old, live near Southampton and have Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. I’m passionate about making the world a more inclusive place for disabled people and doing whatever I can to increase the opportunities available to people like us. Outside of work I love music, video games and am involved in local politics. Like many people however, I’m most happy sat around with a bunch of friends talking nonsense and drinking JD and coke.
I started The Disability Union because I believe the only way to further disability rights and increase inclusion is for all disabled people to work together and support each other to get our voices heard and our needs met.
Hey, I’m Lauren! In my spare time you can find me running my beauty Instagram, playing with my 2 rescue kittens or watching the latest Netflix series. I recently graduated with a degree in Health and Social Care. I studied part-time at The Open University as this allowed me to focus on my career at the same time. I started caring for George in 2014, and we soon became close friends with the same passion for helping people in similar positions to George. In 2018, we created the award-winning Accessible Media Agency, which now employs multiple people with disabilities around the world.
In 2020 we decided this wasn’t enough and we wanted to do more, and that’s when The Disability Union was born! I’m very excited to be working for The Disability Union and help unite and support the disabled community.
Dan White is a care, disability & mental health campaigner.
As well as caring for his award-winning disabled daughter Emily, Dan is a columnist for award-winning Posability magazine, Disability review & The Metro. Dan has been part of many prominent campaigns & has not been afraid to discuss his own situation living with mental illness.
Dan is also an accomplished, in-demand, regular broadcaster, appearing on Sky, Radio 2, ITV, C5, LBC & the BBC, discussing the need for absolute equality and more.
Dan is also the creator of the globally popular Department of Ability comic, which features five disabled superheroes.
He is also part of the ITV Diversity & inclusion committee, on the board of Intent Health & he is currently writing a new series of books for children for publishing in 2022.
His motto is: inclusion is not a delusion
Emily Heywood Smith
Community engagement officer
Bio coming soon!
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