Shane Bratby is one of our IntimateRider dealers in the U.K. as well as founder of Disabled Entrepreneurs, a web site devoted to supporting disabled entrepreneurs.
Shane is a living testiment to what a disabled entrepreneur can accomplish. Here is his story in his own words straight from the Disabled Entrepreneur website.
About Shane Bratby
My name is Shane Bratby the founder of MobilityBuy.com and Disabled Entrepreneurs.
When I was 10-years-old, I became very clumsy and un-steady on my feet, after convincing my parents it’s hard for me to walk in a straight line, I was taken to see a doctor who after three years of tests gave me a diagnosis. The doctor said to me I have Friedreich’s Ataxia, which is a rare neurological condition which gets worse over time and it has been said that I will die around 25-years-old.
From that day I’ve lived in fear for my life living every day like it was my last, as time went on I gradually stopped walking. My wife had a still born baby at eight months pregnant, it dawned on me to fulfil my life.
Now I live in Doncaster with my wife Amanda and my three children Chloe, Sian and Chanelle who was born prematurely and because of that she got brain damage and Cerebral Palsy. She is now also in a wheelchair.
Me and my partner have been through some up and downs in my time. I feel it is my destiny to help people with all types of mobility issues, offering the very best in our products and services.
My first service was a charity to help disabled people get there grocery shopping, I wanted to deal in Mobility Aids due to seeing so many able-bodied people working in the disabled market.
Statistically, disabled people don’t hold as many high qualifications as an able-bodied person and the reason for this is down to disabled education across the United Kingdom.
When I was 16-years-old my feelings told me that I could not have the career that I had dreamed about due to having no qualifications because of my special school and the disabled education system. We did not study GCSEs, and those really mean something in this world.
This was not fair. It is hard enough being a wheelchair user getting accepted for a job nevermind having no qualifications as well. So, I turned that into what I enjoyed knowing qualifications would not be needed and that the sky would be my limit. Now, I have Mobility Buy and this project.
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