CCD welcomes Emily Yates as Principal Accessibility Consultant
Emily joins to lead our focus on inclusive design & accessibility across all of our work.
Emily has 8 years’ experience as an accessibility consultant, most notably having 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. When previously contracting with CCD, Emily worked closely with Heathrow Airport to update their Access and Inclusion Standards, introducing requirements for the positive experience of disabled staff members for the first time. She has also worked with the Council of Europe, international travel networks, and sat on equality boards advising premier league football clubs on their access and inclusion agendas.
Emily frequently presents and writes on disability issues, having fronted several documentaries for BBC Three and written for the Guardian, the Independent and Telegraph Travel. 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.
A wheelchair user herself, Emily has experience delivering disability awareness training with Enhance the UK, and previously managed their Undressing Disability campaign, championing the right for disabled people to have access to sexual expression. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of York.
I am thrilled to be joining such a warm, brilliant and forward-thinking team full-time as their Principal Accessibility Consultant, and be part of the longer-term CCD strategy to ensure that access and inclusion is automatically embedded into every and all projects we work on.- Emily Yates, Principal Accessibility Consultant