The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List
One evening in September, an email pinged into my inbox. Not that out of the ordinary… but this particular one caught me off-guard. This email informed me I had been named as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people on a list produced by the Shaw Trust. The email also asked me to keep the amazing news under wraps until their launch event a few weeks later. I could hardly make sense of it all because it was all so overwhelming. After reading it several times to check it was actually supposed to be addressed to me, before I had my husband read it to check, it finally began to sink in.
I am delighted to have been named on the Disability Power 100 List. I feel so privileged to be able to use my experience to support other people with dyspraxia on a daily basis; to receive national recognition for this is so unexpected. It has been an absolute whirlwind since I took the huge decision to leave the NHS and medical practice a couple of years ago to set up The Dyspraxic Doctor. I think anyone who sets out on their own to do something different will have moments of doubt. It’s hard work, long hours and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s indescribably awesome to receive recognition for it all! I’m so proud to be able to support so many children and adults to embrace and understand their dyspraxia, as well as providing talks and resources to help those around us. Looking to the future, I’m really looking forward to continuing to raise much-needed awareness for dyspraxia.
Fast forward one month later and I was at the Houses of Parliament in London! It was a lovely afternoon held in a room overlooking the Thames. Despite the intermittent rain (I do live in the UK after all) we were able to get outside to take in the fantastic views too. As well as a delicious afternoon tea, we were also able to listen to some really interesting speakers who were involved in organising the event and the list itself, as well as an excellent talk from Baroness Jane Campbell, who was Number 1 on the Shaw Trust’s list for 2019.
Following the speeches, there was time to mingle and listen to the stories of other people who were on the list too, as well as have a read of the printed copies. It was really moving to hear and read about the real range of experience, talent and achievements in the room. I had a lovely chat with Simon Stones, a patient advocate and consultant who works to ensure patient voices are included in research and is campaigning to raise awareness of invisible illnesses in schools. The event really flew by and soon I was back on the train reflecting on it all and making my way back to real life!
About the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List
The Shaw Trust Power List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. Since its inception four years ago, the publication has gone from strength to strength. Over the years it has allowed Shaw Trust to encourage businesses, employers and other organisations to reflect on opportunities available for disabled people. The list plays a vital role in providing much needed 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.
For more information please visit: www.disabilitypower100.com
Dr Emma Tremaine trained as a medical doctor and psychiatrist before starting up a social enterprise specialising in comprehensively supporting adults and young people with Dyspraxia (The Dyspraxic Doctor). She also provides regular emotional and social skills therapy for children and young people who have a neurodevelopmental diagnosis (including Autism/Aspergers and ADHD). Dr Emma has Dyspraxia herself and is a passionate writer and speaker about neurodiversity, mental health and her own experience becoming a doctor with a hidden disability. She also enjoys horse riding, yoga, amateur sewing and making people laugh.