Hi, my name is Jamie.
I’m based in the not-so-sunny Belfast, Northern Ireland. I was born with a hereditary eye condition called Ocular Albinism with Nystagmus.
As an adult, I was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. I have worked for a large global recruitment firm for the past four years. Supporting both internal teams and clients in driving inclusive and accessible change. I am an award-winning Disability Employee Resource Group Lead, and I take immense pride in my role, fostering a sense of belonging for disabled individuals in the workplace.
Ocular Albinism with Nystagmus…
Or in non-medical terms, I am the same as an albino, only with pigmentation and my eyes like to go for uncontrolled walks. I spent years being Disabled by society, and feeling there was something more. When I discovered I was ADHD and Autistic, it made sense. Like many Disabled individuals, I experienced internalised ableism most of my life. This created multiple challenges and impacted my mental health.
It took 28 years of being Disabled and an Autism and ADHD diagnosis for me to finally learn:
“the problem wasn’t me, it is a society not designed for me and others like me…”
A society that Disables. A society that views Disability as a problem to solve, rather than part of the human experience. A society ingrained with ableism, so much so it’s ingrained in our language, our behaviours, and our beliefs. Today I share my lived experience to educate and act as a catalyst for change.
I create content inspired by my lived experiences to help educate individuals and brands about accessibility, ableism, and much more. I was incredibly proud to have been selected as
part of the first UK LinkedIn Creator Programme…
which amplified both my content and my voice. Today, I support individuals and brands in taking accountability for accessibility. I aim to help break the barriers that continue to disable me and many other diverse individuals across society.