Emily Yates

Emily is an accessibility consultant, travel writer, speaker and presenter from Glasgow; passionate about making the world a more inclusive and accessible place, with disability being more accepted and considered within every day society.  

After volunteering at the London 2012 Games, Emily was invited by the British Consulate in Rio de Janeiro to talk to government officials and NGOs in Brazil about her work and life as a disabled person.  Whilst there, she was offered a job as an accessibility consultant at Rio's underground transport system, MetroRio and spent two years travelling back and forth to ensure that the metro would be usable for everyone during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It was during this time that Emily noticed that very little accessible travel information was available in Rio in the run up to the 2016 Games and so tweeted the Lonely Planet to see if they had plans for a fully inclusive travel guide. This fateful encounter led to Emily being invited back to Brazil to write the Lonely Planet Guide to Accessible Rio de Janeiro! 

Still dissatisfied with how little accessible travel information is out there, Emily has now set up her own accessible travel guide company, Globe Hopper Guides. By creating inclusive travel guides and vlogs to both popular holiday destinations and places that are a little more exotic, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

When not travelling, Emily works with organisations to deliver disability awareness training to schools and businesses and often speaks at disability conferences, award dinners. Her documentaries for BBC Three include Meet The Devotees (2016), I'm Different: Let Me Drive (2017) and Heal Me in the Name of Jesus (2017)


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