Veteran & Disability Advocate
“My goal is to positively transform the way people with a disability are perceived and, just as importantly, change the way they look at themselves.”
The challenges disabled people face were showcased in my successful attempt to summit Mount Everest in May 2023. The challenges expanded beyond the technical, which demanded training, precise planning, and the development of prototype equipment, and into challenging the Nepalese government. To even face the challenge, I first had to take the Nepalese government to court to overturn a ban on people with disabilities climbing Everest. The response since has been overwhelming and we are seeing more and more attitudes change. People with disabilities should not be seen as being poor, miserable, and living off benefits: we can also be successful and live happy and meaningful lives. There is more work to do. Climbing Everest was just one battle, there are many more to come.