Ability Today launches its second year of the ADJ, providing people with disabilities the chance to study in a unique online environment, surrounded by their peers and given the support to thrive. Ability Today, an online information hub launched the Academy for Disabled Journalists in 2020 with the NCTJ and with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
Originally based out of their HQ in Surrey, Covid gave them an opportunity to take the course online and support students across the UK with an accessible and inclusive Academy. The ADJ now has students in Scotland, Manchester, London, Luton, Norfolk and has just had their first student pass the Certificate in Foundation Journalism CFJ.
“Ability Today have been so supportive of my needs and studying in a group of people who understood me and helped me to succeed. If you too are interested in journalism and have a disability, contact Ability Today, they will give you the tools and support to achieve your goals.” Victoria Scholes, ADJ student.
It has just been announced The National Lottery Community Fund have awarded us further funding to expand the academies and provide even more opportunities.
The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and over the last year have awarded over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to communities across the UK.
Helen Bushell, Senior Head of Region for London, South East & East at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to award this funding to Ability Today which will allow them to expand the Academy to include additional study subjects. The Academy for Disabled Journalists project provides opportunities for people with disabilities to get involved in journalism, building their confidence, self-esteem, and developing new skills.”
“Thanks to National Lottery players, projects such as this across the country are playing a vital role in connecting people through a shared interest and will continue to do so as we rebuild and reconnect with one another throughout this year.”
The Academy was recently nominated for the NCTJ’s Awards for Excellence – and came runner up in their first year. Grant Logan said, “Being nominated is an amazing achievement, it truly does round off a fantastic year for the Academy and Ability Today. We are so fortunate that we could take it all online and we’re proud to now have students all across the UK. Thanks should go to the NCTJ for helping us deliver their CFJ course in a brand-new way. Vanessa, our amazing teacher, and all the students for taking a chance and joining our journey to realise their potential. I really can’t wait to do it all over again. We now live in a world where working from home is accepted. Let’s make sure the disabled community thrives on this and grabs hold of a great new opportunity!”
Nikki Akinola, diversity and inclusion co-ordinator at the NCTJ, said: “It is fantastic to see this initiative bearing fruit. Working with Ability Today has been both a valuable and important experience. Seeing the students make advances in their journalistic knowledge is what this scheme is all about. We look forward to seeing more students complete their qualification in the months ahead, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Victoria.”
Ability Today’s founder Grant Logan became paralysed after a road accident 17 years ago, after a successful career in the music industry, he chose a different path and now runs this social enterprise helping the disabled community.
IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON WHAT WE CAN DO AND NOT WHAT WE CAN’T!!!!!
Ability Today is a knowledge hub, a place for the disabled to find out about news, products and services. We empower individuals to live better-connected and more inclusive lives. Opening up potential and turning disability into Ability.
Grant has been to 10 Downing street to meet the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor on Disability and Welfare – Jean-Andre Prager to discuss Ability Today’s vision for a more inclusive world. We discussed our Roving Reporter program, the Academies and how we are empowering our community to have better connected and more fulfilling lives.
Grant Logan Founder – Ability Today