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Emily Yates  Inspirational Speaker for schools


'Lifting the cloud of limitation'.

Emily Yates was born with cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user.  Emily Yates aged just 22 talks about how important it is to grasp opportunities while you can, and gives tips on how to be someone that always says 'YES!' when the right chances are there for the taking. 

Emily became a wheelchair user at the age of nine after an unsuccessful operation, and, to many, this would have left the world empty but not  Emily Yates.

It was a charity expedition to southern Africa at the age of 16 that changed her life and now; Emily Yates is travelling the world writing accessible travel guides in association with Rough Guides for huge sporting events. Her current projects include the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero.

Emily Yates has used the events that have happened in her life and made something positive out of them, and it is her dream that those of all abilities will gain the confidence to leave their comfort zones and explore the exhilarating unknown.

Emily Yates has lived in China, Australia, the Sinai Desert, southern Africa and Rio de Janeiro.  A keen volunteer, Emily Yates was also a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and was mentioned by Lord Sebastian Coe for 'lifting the cloud of limitation' for those with disabilities.
After one of Emily's talks, all who listen will without doubt realise that ability exists primarily in the mind, and feel that their" cloud of limitation" can also be lifted.

Key topics are: Motivation Inspiration  Travel, Volunteering, Overcoming Adversity, Living with a Disability, Grasping Opportunities, Accessible Tourism and Universal Design for Businesses

Emily Yates Inspirational Speakers for Schools

‘Lifting the cloud of limitation’.

Emily Yates and her twin sister Lucy,  were born 10 weeks prematurely, and later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, after not being able to walk  when they were young.  Emily's early memories are of constantly walking up and down the stairs at the local Children's Development Centre to try and strengthen her legs.  Emily had a lovely childhood, and loved school and does not remember her  disability ever affecting her outlook on life.  

At the age of 9 Emily underwent an operation to improve her walking, called a Derotational Osteotomy where her thigh bones were cut and pinned back together and hamstrings were lengthened.  Recuperation from this massive procedure was prolonged and caused the loss of muscle tone in her legs which resulted in her having to use a wheelchair which provided  her with the freedom and mobility to do what she wanted.   Emily Yates started playing wheelchair basketball locally and at county level. She did well in her educational studies and went on to study A level her ultimate aim to go to university. Emily is currently studying Master’s degree in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds!
 
It was during the summer of 2008, at the age of 16, that Emily Yates  was given an amazing opportunity which would change her life forever. Emily Yates was nominated by her school to go to southern Africa (Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa) with the JoLt Charity, an incredible organisation that takes disabled or disadvantaged young people on a literal 'Journey of a Lifetime'.   Here, she met people with similar life experiences and similar ambitions.  Together,  they  did things that they had never imagined would have been possible. Emily Yates rode elephants, went cage diving with sharks, and climbed some of the highest sand dunes in the world!  This was the start of things to come and nothing was going to stop Emily Yates in her desire to travel.


After her experiences with JoLt,  and completing her A Levels, Emily Yates was off on her travels once again with the Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society, this time to the Sinai desert and into the record books!  Emily  became the first wheelchair user to cross the Sinai desert on a camel and also completed her PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course. 

After her experinces in the Sinai, Emily Yates moved to London having been accepted to study English at Queen Mary, University of London.It was half-way through this fresher year that Emily accepted the opportunity to study abroad in Melbourne Australia   Going to the other side of the world was quite a scary thought for Emily but one which she embraced with her usual sense of adventure, She  snorkelled at the Great Barrier Reef, volunteered at a juvenile prison,and made the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, an experience of which she is very proud. " It would have been so much easier to sit back and stay in my comfort zone, but taking that risk was the best thing I've ever done."

Emily Yates returned to London in July 2012, after heading from Australia to America to intern at the United Nations in New York.  It was at this time that she received a call from the London 2012 team, saying that her application to be a Games Maker at the London  Paralympic Games had been successful.  The day before her first shift at the Excel arena she got another call, asking her to attend a press conference which she accepted. To her amazement she was greeted by Lord Coe and a host of International press!  She told those assembled how amazing the London 2012 Games had been for those with diabilities and  was "lifting the cloud of limitation" on everything they had thought was previously possible. Little did she know what an impact that statement would have!

During the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games Lord Coe used this very quote  which provided yet another opportunity for the intrepid  Emily Yates  She and a close friend had dreamed of writing an accessible travel guide for those wishing to visit both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio and now was the time to act.  She secured the support of Lord Coe and the British Paralympic Asscociation and is now writing a guide in association with Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides.

Her dream is to make a difference, to raise enough sponsorship to provide this guide free of charge to those who will benefit most and to lift their "cloud of limitation"

Emily Yates is busy sharing her story, dreams and aspirations with schools colleges and businesses.  Her key topics include Motivation, Inspiration,  Travel, Volunteering, Overcoming Adversity, Living with a Disability, Grasping Opportunities, Accessible Tourism and Universal Design for Businesses

"Emily Yates was a star at school! She has continued to be an inspiration as we have kept up with her adventures and achievements. It was no surprise that Lord Coe spotted her as a Games Maker and I am sure she will make a real difference to disabled visitors to both Glasgow and Rio through the guide she is compiling. She has been our guest speaker at Prize Giving and was outstanding. If you want a speaker who will challenge students’ perceptions of disability and challenge them as to what they can do then book Emily Yates. ”   Dr Andrew J Cummings, Headteacher, South Craven School

"Emily Yates is an inspiration. She has an amazing story to tell, as she takes on the world. Accepting each new challenge with the determination to make the very best of things, she shows what can be done, regardless of the obstacles that get thrown in the way. Her story is hugely life-affirming and a reminder to all of what can be achieved when you believe in yourself."  Simon Gruselle, Chairman of the JoLt Charity.

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