Role Models Inspire Campaign

It has been suggested that Julie could make a fantastic contribution to the Office of Disability Issues’s role models campaign.

Speaking of this exciting campaign, ‘I have to thanks Independent Living in Scotland project and Inclusion Scotland for nominating me. I was at first I was overwhelmed because I see myself as ‘Julie’ who has the same aspirations as my brother and twin sister.  It is a good feeling and recognition from your peers who see me as role models for disabled people. I am passionate about equality and diversity and will endeavors to improve and assist others who want the same opportunities in life as their mainstream peers’.

Heather Fisken, Project Manager for Independent Living in Scotland, who approached Julie for her involvement and when asked why Julie was the perfect candidate said “When we were approached to make a nomination, Julie immediately sprung to mind.  Julie has really pushed back boundaries by taking up challenges and opportunities that come her way, and indeed creating opportunities for herself.  She inspires everyone who comes into contact with her.”

The aim of the campaign is to raise the aspirations of young disabled people and are key in achieving this.

 To view Julie’s Role Model Video, Click here.

Conclusion of Google TechAbility

It is hard to believe that I was chosen for the Google TechAbility Mentoring Programme back in November 2012, just what I needed to retrieve guidance on where my career should lies or go.

The Google TechAbility Mentoring Programme has been an intensive and require a commitment from both people to work together to get the most out of the Google’s experience. I feel that I’ve exceeded that with Stephany Van Willigenburg. We were clear and passionate about getting the best out of each other.

It was a learning experience for both us as I gained a greater insight to how Google operates and what they can do and help clients and Stephany found herself learning about assistive technologies. (You never stop learning……………!)

Personally, I would like to thanks EmployAbility and Clare Bass, EMEA Diversity and Inclusion @ Google for making this happen and for opening me up to such a trustworthy contact to have.

Now, I feel proud to be classed as part of Google TechAbility Mentoring Programme Alumni. The rewards and hard work have paid off by celebrating my achievements. However, for me there is still more to come!