About Me

My name is Martyn Sibley. As a regular guy who happens to use a wheelchair (due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy – SMA); I’ve experienced both societal exclusion and a feeling of inferiority. Through personal development and social entrepreneurship, I’ve achieved many of my personal and professional goals. Now I’m empowering others…

My current bio is: World Changing Blogger, Author, Coach, Speaker & Podcaster. Captain of Inclusion at DHorizons. Government, Business & Charity Adviser. Adventurer. Smiler! 🙂

But it wasn’t always so amazing or simple. I have had to overcome major spinal fusion surgery, fundraise for vital mobility equipment, manage strangers to do my personal care, fought bouts of pneumonia, struggled through inaccessible housing, experienced weird societal stereotypes, and many other barriers.

Through resilience, hard work and always staying positive; I gained a masters degree in marketing, drive a car with my hands, worked for a huge NGO in London, left to co found successful companies like Disability Horizons, authored my “Everything is Possible” book, adventure travelled the world, and presented for the BBC.

It’s been awesome! I live life and work identically – smiling, helping, learning, ambitious for new experiences, and all alongside great people.

Are you joining this community?! Jack Black certainly is…

The Big Vision

My vision is to live in a world without barriers, prejudice or discrimination.

Nice Idea Martyn, But How?

I believe it is possible, but everyone has a role to play in achieving this:

– Businesses have the responsibility for employing diverse workforces, and to create inclusive products and services. For example companies should employ people who reflect their societal customer base. Plus the Purple Pound is £250bn per year in the UK alone.

– Government have the responsibility to invest and empower citizens who are left behind by economic markets. For example I need a wheelchair and Personal Care Assistants to be an equal member of society. Once I have this, I can flourish to my full potential.

– You and I have a responsibility too. Whoever you are, and whatever you do; please take action. Even if you haven’t experienced injustice, or don’t know anyone who has, you can help by challenging anything you see that is unjust in this world.

Small actions will cumulate to big impact. YOU can help change the world, benefiting EVERYONE in the process!

A Small Drop in a Large Ocean

I am just one person wanting to change things in this universe. My aim is to; inspire, inform and change the world around social issues. I hope to achieve this by:

1) Blogging about my personal journey

I have a ‘live the dream’ message to encourage everyone to enjoy life. No matter how difficult it may be! I blog about my loved ones, health, work, socialising, travelling and personal challenges. I try to capture my dreams, my worries, my progress and my love of life. All through articles, pictures and videos.

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2) Community Projects

I provide online support, information and debate within the disability and health fields. Thus far I have helped create many digital initiatives, including;

– Disability Horizons Magazine
Accomable
– TodaHerbal Health Blog
– Community Projects including; dWebinars, dConferences and dCourses

3) World Changing Consultant, Speaker, Presenter and Coach

My work with businesses, governments and charities has created impact for millions of disabled people. I provide strategic direction on digital media, community building and entrepreneurship.

I’m a global speaker. Delivering keynote speeches to a variety of audiences. My agent is louise@visablepeople.com.

As you’ll see on my media page, I’ve presented on many tv and internet projects.

Finally I coach and run an online course for social change professionals. Helping them get clarity, impact and freedom in their work.

Please send me any questions or feedback here 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.”

13 comments

  1. Yay I am the first to comment! Ur Awesome. I found a video you made about the diamond theory (I was looking for the porters diamond theory though).

  2. Hello,
    My name is Karen, I am writing on behalf of Ability Lifting Solutions, a company that designs, manufactures and installs wheelchair and platform lifts for commercial and domestic use. I am managing online projects for the website http://www.abilitylifting.co.uk/ and am looking for partnership opportunities.
    I have found your website http://martynsibley.com/ which is a valuable resource as it provides information and support for the less able people, their families and carers. Accessibility issues are a big challenge for those who have mobility problems and unfortunately nowadays people with disabilities are still significantly less likely to participate in social activities or attend various events, according to the Office for Disability Issues, HM Government.
    Ability Lifting Solutions are dedicated to the work they do and are proud to be able to help many people enjoy better day to day experiences. The company has over 30 years of experience in the industry and work with accordance to the Equality Act 2010 (UK).
    I believe your website visitors would benefit from learning about our services and therefore would like to discuss my business proposal to you. If you are interested to hear my ideas please contact me at your earliest convenience.
    Kind regards,
    Karen Patel
    Online Projects Manager
    IrusMedia Limited

  3. Martyn

    I have literally only scanned through your website and inspiring employment course just now as I checked my emails and found a link to you through Scope.I’m relieved to have found you and your work.
    I’m a 22 year old woman with left sided hemiplegia and a porencephalic cyst (excuse my spelling)
    It’s refreshing to see someone like you do this work. I was, and in some ways still am; in limbo. My Cerebral Palsy affects mainly my hand and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to find myself coming up against barriers to work and help and support. It makes me feel sick actually. I’m brave and determined so I keep going but it sure gets tough. I saw your first video you driving, it left me inspired. Again, I’ve come up against barriers here too. I’m unlucky in the sense that as my disability is relatively mild I can’t get support other than lower rate DLA which means learning to drive is a challenge, finding an instructor for one thing and then I find myself losing the motivation to want to learn as ‘Oh well, U’ll never afford a car and all the adaptions’

    I wanted to message you now before I forget but I’ll be looking over your website more in the next few days.

    Thank you for doing the work you do 🙂
    Sarah

  4. my name is subin kurian from india.i have spinal musculr athrophya patient.i am 25years old.indian Dr asking not treatment in medical science…your story i will watching..i like it…your great man..your fight in disability.please give me y

  5. Hi Martyn,

    I am most inspired by your story and your aim to change the world around disability. I have Dyslexia and Aspergers Syndrome and have suffered bullying for as long as I can remember. I am now currently at university and have suffered bullying even at this stage in my life which has made me more determined than ever in both my personal goal to change people’s attitude’s towards “hidden disability” and around social change for disabled people. In my experience AS is a disability people find very hard to understand, meaning every day life can be at times very difficult for me.

    I am currently planning to precipitate in a number of volunteering schemes during my summer break and I would love to become involved in the work that you do.

    Laurence

  6. Hi Martyn, after catching up with you again in Cambridge i wanted to see what you are doing now and i am completely blown away!! As someone who nows works in advocacy and children’s rights i totally understand where you are coming from, and totally impressed! Look forward to reading more!
    Samantha

  7. Hello Martyn,

    I’m happy I could ran into you in the net. I accidentally discovered your website finding information about SMA. My name is Kasia and come from Poland. I’m the same situation as you.. have a disability called SMA. It appeals me your attitude – your THINKING :). You prove other people that their disbility can be a none barrier and show their life can be easier, it is amazing. You are mesmerising!! I’m really impressed. I’m glad that there are people like you, people emanating so positive energy.

    Best regards,

    Katarzyna (Kasia) Hawrylo

  8. Hi Martyn. We have met before (Friday 2nd October,Sevenoaks) and i really enjoyed the session. I felt really happy after the talk at whizz kidz. You have really inspired me. And I will try to use your advice in my everyday life.

  9. Hi Martyn, Great site. I’m 55 with SMA and have had a very interesting life here in Long Island, NY. I have 24/7 aide services and have great friends. Would love to chat sometime. BTW, I’m an ardent Arsenal fan for about 10 years now, but don’t hate me, at least I love the EPL, the best league on the globe! Cheers.

  10. Hi Martyn. Enjoyed roaming around your website today thank you ! I am a 73 year old registered disabled guy. I find that positivity is a master key to a happier existence on this planet. My problem is I haven’t learn to capture, bottle or can it as well as you have. I watched your Diamond Programme & found that a very interesting concept.

  11. Hi Martyn
    I remember years ago when you were at junior school in needingworth my daughter helped raise money for your wheelchair, you have become an inspection to many and achieved so much , well done you and good luck in all you do xxx

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