My name is Martyn Sibley. I am a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This means I cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower by myself. I have a Masters degree, have travelled the world as far as Australia, drive my own car, run my own business, I have been SCUBA diving and I live independently in London.
My aim on this website and in life is to; inspire, inform and change the world around disability issues.
I try to achieve this in 2 ways:
1) Lifestyle – By sharing some of my personal lived experiences as a disabled person; I speak about my great family, amazing friends, enjoyment of music and Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club, socialising, travelling and personal challenges. My blog tries to capture my dreams, my worries, my progress and my love of life with articles, pictures and videos.
2) Professional projects – I provide online support, information and debate within the disability field. Thus far I have co-founded disability lifestyle magazine Disability Horizons, created Disability Webinars, Disability eCourses and Disability eConferences. I also work as a consultant on social media, new media, marketing and disability awareness (with private and public sector organisations).
My message to disabled people is to follow your dreams, be aspirational, identify the barriers relevant to you/your impairment, NEVER let your disability stop you and always enjoy life! If external factors/barriers override this lets find a new way around them!
Meanwhile, my message to non-disabled people is simple too. Without the right support, accessible buildings, inclusive infrastructure, educated attitudes and open organisational practices; disabled people are marginalised. Whether legally, socially, politically or economically; the case for inclusivity is clear. Therefore please play your part in this social movement.
I use my own experience as a starting point to engage with other disabled people, their families, professionals and beyond. This is all with the aim to bring about social change.
Are you in?! Jack Black certainly is…
This personal philosophy offers a guide to living everyday life. In setting a goal, defining the barriers, overcoming them with the right resources; you can grab life and put this philosophy in to action.
For anyone who is a parent, family member, friend or professional to a disabled person, you have a big part to play.
• Parents/guardians; a child’s foundations are defined by your early input
• Friends and family should always encourage aspiration
• Professionals are a key resource for disabled people and have a responsibility to facilitate ambition and fulfilment at every stage
Now I have set the scene; you can join me by:
• Subscribing with the form on the right hand side of my website to receive regular updates
• Check out Disability Horizons, and become a writer yourself
• Click on the ‘get involved’ page for info on the webinars, ecourses and other helpful resources
• Consider working in partnership (consultancy, collaborations or sponsorship). You can see my past collaborations here.
• Book me for speaking, workshops and as a media spokesperson
Please send me your feedback by ‘giving me a shout‘.
Solutions come from collaboration, so lets change the world together!
And remember -
“Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.”