Believe in yourself case studies

Jane Cordell, who is deaf, is an ex-diplomat turned equality consultant and trainer

"Don't judge your ability against some mythical benchmark of 'normalness'; instead, look objectively at what skills your experience has given you. For example, I have coached large numbers of disabled people and, often, they have far more experience of problem solving, time management, people management, emotional intelligence, adapting to change and being creative and resilient. Also, many situations we encounter as disabled people can be hilarious. If you think it's funny, laugh."

John Charles, who became blind at university, is founder of contract catering company

"When I came out of hospital, I was told the only options available to me were being on benefits or putting inserts into magazines in a factory, so I decided to set up my own business. You have to have a lot of self-belief when setting up your own business, but it's also got to be a viable product or service. You need to believe in yourself to make it happen, as there are so many doubters. Don't be afraid to seek advice – you don't always have to take it, and in many cases I don't, but it's good to talk things over."

Taken from: The Guardian, How to identify disability friendly employers.