Disabled student journalist calls an innovative accessible course a “stepping stone to a career in journalism”

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In 2020, a social enterprise, Ability Today, launched an accessible version of the Certificate Foundation in Journalism course, which is specifically designed for the Academy for Disabled Journalists (ADJ). The ADJ provides people with a disability or a health condition the skills and connections to have a career in journalism.

Hannah Deakin is a disabled blogger who recently completed the course. Here, she shares how she became interested in journalism, her experience on the course and her plans for a career in journalism.   

I am Hannah, I am 31 years old and a powerchair user from Surrey. I became disabled following an injury and developed complex regional pain syndrome and many secondary illnesses and complications.

I work 10 hours a week as a Finance Administrator, having completed my AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification and gaining my MAAT (Member of Association of Accounting Technicians) status, and getting my first job aged 30.

I write a blog – Hannah’s Hope, am an ambassador for the White Lodge Centre and do quite a lot of fundraising for several charities. I was also recognised on the 2021 Disability Power 100 list.

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