Action Advocate – Accessibility Expert – Mentor
From creative, fashion industry to hearing loss and accessibility advocacy. My life changing experience of becoming late deafened has given me an opportunity to become an advocate and champion for accessibility and inclusion for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Now I have cochlear implant to help me hear.
Over the years of advocacy work up to date, I have worked on capacity building in national, European and international disability advocacy.
I was successful in forging strong collaboration between users of hearing technologies, manufacturers and hearing care professionals to ensure joined up policies in advocating for better access to quality of hearing care for all.
I mentored hard of hearing advocates, empowering them with necessary tools and knowledge to self-advocate for themselves and their community. Many of them are now actively advocating on national and international level.
As a public speaker I discuss topics of accessibility, hearing loss and disability rights. I am also active in international standardisation and participate in the advisory boards of G3ict Smart Cities4All, NeuroAbilities and WHO Making Listening Safe Workgroup.
Currently, I am a Chair of the National Association of Deafened People.
Previously I held a position of the vice-President of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH).