Disabled woman who turns misunderstandings about disability into cartoon resources, achieves the PIF TICK Health Information Quality Mark
Hannah Ensor lives with symptomatic hypermobility and postural tachycarida syndrome (PoTS). The resulting pain, fatigue, and disability lead medical retirement at age 28 – when she started to turn her frustration into stickman cartoons that got key information across. This became Stickman Communications Ltd, which now has hundreds of resources which communicate about conditions and symptoms including diabetes, narcolepsy, autism, ADHD, mental health issues, chronic pain and fatigue, as well as self-management techniques like pacing. Her dedication to researching each condition, symptom, or management technique, combined with involving patients at every step of the creative journey has resulted in a hugely valuable pool of resources which meet the PIF TICK scheme's high standards, and which can be used with confidence by disabled people and health and social care professionals alike.
Used across the world, these resources provide a combination of validation, information, and advice to disabled people, and a quick and effective way to improve understanding and acceptance from friends, family, colleagues, health professionals – and even strangers when needed.
“The medical staff at my vaccination thought your cards were brilliant … They even copied down the stuff on the back so they could investigate what else you do”
“The paramedics who last read my cards said they are great - they could refer back to them for relevant parts of their write-up and to help inform their assessment, instead of having to keep stopping and asking questions, and they wish more people had them”
“I love these cards they are a brilliant idea. Because it can be so exhausting trying to explain what's going on all the time.”
“Life savers..... Ideal for showing bar staff your not drunk...or meeting new people.”
“The work you [Stickman Communications] do really does make communicating about disability and more importantly accommodation requests easier! Thank you.”
For more information about Stickman Communications and their resources, see
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