Matthew “Hambo” Hampson (born 29 November 1984) is a former English rugby union prop who became paralysed from the neck down (C4/5 tetraplegic), after a scrummaging accident when practicing with England under-21 squad in March 2005. His condition requires permanent use of a ventilator to breathe.
Hampson took up rugby as a 5-year old for Oakham, joining Syston RFC when he was 12. He joined Leicester Tigers academy at the under 16 age group and was made an apprentice for the 2001/2 season. He was regarded as a promising prop and although he had not made his Leicester debut he had been an unused bench replacement. He had played both for Bedford Blues and Nuneaton R.F.C. while on loan. He had also played for England U18 and England U21.
Esi is a trainer, disability inclusion expert, public speaker podcaster and writer.
Esi started Celebrating Disability in 2017; delivering an end-to-end service for businesses and not-for-profits. Celebrating Disability provides in-house and remote training and seminars, consulting, auditing and public speaking to support organisations attract, engage and retain disabled people.
Highlights of Esi’s speaking career include speaking at the House of Lords. She has also represented Celebrating Disability during disability pride month at an event hosted by ParaPride and Amnesty International. s in-house and remote training and seminars, consulting, auditing and public speaking to support organisations attract, engage and retain disabled people.
Website – https://celebratingdisability.co.uk/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/esi-hardy
Emma Muldoon is the founder and writer of Simply Emma, the UK’s leading accessible travel and disability blog. Inspired to create her blog as a way of highlighting the accessibility barriers disabled people face whilst travelling. It quickly developed into sharing her life living with a physical disability – the good and the bad. Living with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Emma hopes to raise awareness of her rare muscle-wasting condition as well as for disability in general whilst challenging the misconceptions of disabled people through her writing and campaign work.
Website – https://www.simplyemma.co.uk/
Chloe Tear is a 22-year-old disabled woman with cerebral palsy, chronic pain and is registered blind. She has written her award-winning blog for 7 years and aims to use her lived experiences to challenge public attitudes and create a positive change within society.
Chloe’s website: https://chloetear.co.uk
Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/chloeltear
I’m on a mission to change people’s perspectives about disability.
I have cerebral palsy and have been a disability advocate since 2015 by starting my campaign ‘Don’t Call Me Special’ – I aim to educate schools and colleges in the UK and abroad, talking to non-disabled pupils and teachers to challenge and inform their ideas of what disability means. ‘Seeing the person, not the disability.’
In late 2017 I joined the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the I Am Able conference in Antigua, where I met people from across the world to discuss topics including access to education, terminology, employment and health. Due to working alongside the Commonwealth Youth Council abroad, my campaign got nominated for a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.
I’m excited to become an ambassador for Disabled Access Rating as I always like to promote work that will benefit disabled people in the long-term. Not being able to access some places because of my condition has become a massive barrier for me as a disabled person. I see that Disability Access Rating strives to push this to see more fully accessible places.