Launch of the first Disability Power List

Now Powerful Media, in partnership with Shaw Trust, are proud to announce the launch of Power 100: The most influential people in Britain with a disability or impairment. The list is the first of its kind to be published in Britain.

Listing 100 of the most powerful, influential and inspiring disabled people in Britain it is, perhaps, no surprise that renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, 72, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 22, tops the list.

The publishers, Powerful Media, who are known for their Power List and Future Leaders List, recognise disability "as defined by a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' effect on your ability to do normal daily activities."

Dom Hyams, who edited the list says "This is a list to be proud of. We believe it will successfully inspire young people to fulfil their potential."

The individuals were chosen by a panel of judges carefully selected for their expertise in and around matters of disability: Dr Mike Nussbaum, specialist disability adviser to Shaw Trust, the national employment, learning and skills charity; Geoffrey Williams, diversity and inclusion specialist at Thomson Reuters; Selvin Brown from the Department for Work and Pensions and Kate Headley, Development Director at the Clear Company. It was edited by Dom Hyams, assistant producer at a BAFTA award winning TV sport production company.

Roy O'Shaughnessy, CEO of Shaw Trust , who are the main sponsors of the list says: "Shaw Trust is delighted to sponsor the first ever Power List of the 100 most influential disabled people in the United Kingdom. The number of disabled people in senior leadership positions across business, politics and sport is increasing all the time. This is due to the dedication and commitment of those included in the Power List who have laid the foundations for future generations to achieve more. The Power List proves that having a disability is no barrier to success."

Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, welcomes Power 100 as a positive move to "recognise and celebrate an extraordinary range of disabled people and their achievements in all aspects of life, from education, politics and law through to sport and media. I want to congratulate those on the list for what they have achieved and for showing us just what is possible."

Read the 2015 Power 100 list of Britain's most influential people with a disability or impairment.

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