Local disability rights campaigner and advocate for the neurological community, Joanne Cole has been appointed to the new North East Region Disability Network, hosted by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) under the auspices of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Jo will be using her personal and professional understanding of disability to bring a much-needed voice for the disabled community. Already working with over 80 organisations across the North through Neuro Key, Jo will prioritise issues that disabled people themselves identify and ensure the actions of the regional Network will be led by the experiences of disabled people.

As a proactive member of the Stockton Disability Forum, Jo will report on developments to the Forum members and create an open and continuous conversation to improve the public perception of real life managing a disability.

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