About Me

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 myself. I have a Degree in Economics & a Masters in Marketing, I love travel (including an epic visit to Australia), I have great people in my life (including my soul mate), I drive my own adapted car, run my own business, have flown a planeSCUBA dived, and I live independently on earth.

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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 every individual has a role to play in achieving this:

- Government have to invest in disabled people. We need funding for accessible infrastructure, specialist technology, professional people, and vitally the education and acceptance of society.

The economy and society then benefit from saving money on long term healthcare, savings on certain benefit claims, increased economic output, higher tax revenues, higher consumer spending and a far more prosperous society in general.

- Businesses must employ disabled peoples’ talents, research what we need & want as consumers, and target their marketing straight to us. As a result businesses thrive, disabled people thrive and society will thrive.

- Disabled People; we too must forgive past discrimination, shake off unfair stereotypes and calmly change attitudes. We need to study and work hard (where possible), and be the best humans that we can possibly be.

Life is harder being disabled, but only we can prove our worth. Nobody else can. Therefore, lead by example and change the world in your own awesome way.

- You, yes you, reading this now. Whoever you are, and whatever you do; please take action. Just because you’re not disabled, or don’t know anyone who is, you can help by challenging bad access, bad stereotypes, bad processes and anything else you see that is unjust in this world.

Small actions will cumulate to big actions. 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 just one thing in this universe. My aim is to; inspire, inform and change the world around disability 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 disability, loved ones, health, work, socialising, travelling and personal challenges. I try to capture my dreams, my worries, my progress and my love of life with 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
- TodaHerbal Health Blog
- Community Projects including; dWebinars, dConferences and dCourses

I also work as a consultant for copywriting, presenting, video production, social/new media tools, marketing strategy, website creation, motivational speaking, leadership,  disability awareness, access, diversity

Martyn Sibley flying

I have also written a free ebook called the Disability Diamond Theory, which you can view my video explanation here and download it for free here.

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.”

  • Vanessa Vandy

    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).

  • Martyn Sibley

    Hi Vanessa

    Thanks for the kind words :-)

    Did you find the other theory too?
    Martyn

  • http://www.abilitylifting.co.uk/ Karen Patel

    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

  • Sarah Baker

    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

  • subin kurian

    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

  • https://twitter.com/#!/lgrifuk Laurence Griffin

    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

  • Samantha Collins-Shirley

    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

  • Kasia

    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

  • http://www.martynsibley.com Martyn Sibley

    Thanks so much for these kind words. I will email you now as I am in Poland soon and would love to meet up

  • Ella Collins

    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.

  • Brian P. Cruise

    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.

  • Victor Martin Hunt

    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.