Emily Yates

Emily Yates

Journalist and Speaker

Emily lives in Glasgow and has a passion for accessible travel, disability representation and pink hair dye. She is Head of Accessibility and Inclusive Design at Mima and is a wheelchair user with a decade of experience as an accessibility consultant. Emily has most notably worked with MetroRio, the underground transport system servicing Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to ensure both new and existing stations would be accessible to tourists, athletes, and locals alike. She has also worked closely with Heathrow Airport to update their Access and Inclusion Standards, and is the accessibility lead for the National Railway Museum’s Vision 2025 masterplan. Emily frequently presents and writes on disability issues, having fronted several documentaries and written for national and international publications. She authored the Lonely Planet Guide to Accessible Rio de Janeiro, endorsed by the International Paralympic Committee and available to download for those attending the 2016 Games.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
People's Panel (Thursday)

International Travel

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