At a time when we are thinking tentatively about travelling again, we are honouring Sam Cornelius-Light for his work, research and campaigning for more accessible transport.
Sam has recently completed a degree in Geography. He chose to do his final dissertation on public transport in Bristol, with a focus on accessibility – his findings led him to contact MP’s, he shared his findings with City Council.
He has started to see change but there’s still much more to be done. He said –
“It’s the attitudes of drivers and others as well. The physical side is slowly improving but attitudes are overlooked”.
In the future, Sam would like to see “in-chair” flights as a possibility and better rail travel for disabled people (with level access platforms or automatic ramps).
Sam is also a big champion of independent living and even set up a “Disabled Students” forum to provide a place to discuss all aspects of the university experience and identity problematic areas.
Since finishing his degree Sam has secured a job as a Support Officer for Direct Payment users within the West of England.