Tomorrow marks 10 years since the start of Trailblazers – Muscular Dystrophy UK’s 800-strong national network of young people and their supporters.
Since 2008, the group have campaigned tirelessly to remove the social barriers that prevent all young disabled people from living full.
The idea for Trailblazers started with a family weekend in Northern Ireland in 2007, and a conversation about how young disabled people needed to have a voice in decisions that affect them. Just over a year later, Trailblazers was officially launched as a UK-wide network.
Since 2008, Trailblazers’ achievements include:
- Lobbying Twitter to update its rules to protect disabled people from hate speech. The social media giant went on to introduce the measures called for by Trailblazers.
- Launching a report on accessible gaming and trialling Microsoft’s new adaptive controller for XBox.
- Fighting for accessible public transport in two End of the Line reports – published in 2009 and 2016 – which resulted in the government announcing new measures in early 2018 to ensure wheelchair users can access buses.
Tomorrow evening, there will be a ‘Trailblazers at 10’ reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the group’s achievements. But it doesn’t stop there. Over the next 10 years and beyond, Trailblazers will continue to campaign on all the issues that really matter.
You can find out more about the group and the campaigning work here: www.musculardystrophyuk.org/trailblazers