Hi I am Anthony Ford-Shubrook. When I was 16 years old I was forced to take my local sixth form college to court as they refused to allow me to attend the college on grounds of my disability. This was a landmark court case in UK law and paved the way for other disabled students to have the right to choose their own school or college.
Since then, I attended Royal Holloway University of London where I studied Geography. I wrote a dissertation as an undergraduate in which I researched the access to education for disabled children in a small township near Johannesburg, South Africa. The research was published and used by the South African government as guidance for how to improve standards for teaching disabled children.
I work for a charity called AbleChildAfrica that works across four East African countries to help realise the potential of disabled children. We help to ensure that the children and their families have the support they need, and to ensure that the children are included in society. I was a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this role I advocated for the goals to be upheld and I attended events and conferences throughout the world to spread positive messages about the importance of the SDGs.
I was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in the 2019 New Years Honours List in recognition of the above work.