Aberdeen-born Dame Evelyn Glennie has made the top 10 in a list of the most influential people with a disability. The popular percussionist came in at number five in the Power 100 list of the most successful people with a disability, or impairment in sport, business, politics or entertainment.
Dame Evelyn is the first profoundly deaf person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.
One of the most eclectic and innovative musicians in the world, she has won three Grammy Awards and even performed at the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics. The 51-year-old said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this award and I hope it shows that disability or a health condition is not a barrier to achievement.
“The Power 100 List is all about breaking down barriers that society puts up for disabled people and acts as a beacon to inspire everyone, all those with a disability or health condition, who want to achieve their ambitions across all walks of life.” The award coincides with the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow. Power 100 is chosen by a panel of judges from across the disabled community, disability charity the Shaw Trust and Powerful Media.
Other notable names that have made the list in previous years include The Last Leg host, Australian comedian Adam Hills and former Aberdeen MP Dame Anne Begg.
Roy O’Shaughnessy, chief executive of the Shaw Trust, added: “This is a celebration of the achievements from role models. But it is also a celebration of those small achievements reached every day by Britain’s 10 million disabled people in the home, in workplace and training and in education. With more than 10 million disabled people in Britain, everyone has their own inspirational, very personal story of overcoming barriers to succeed.”