CEO of Derby based Disability Direct, Dr Amo Raju OBE DL won ‘The Positive Role Model Award’ at the annual Disability Equality Awards organised by national charity – SCOPE.

The ceremony, hosted by World and Paralympic Champion – Kadeena Cox, took place on the evening of Thursday 25th April at the Kia Oval Cricket Stadium in London and was attended by disabled people from across the UK.

Each year Scope receives thousands of nominations from the public to shine a spotlight on equality champions and change-makers who campaign for social equality. Judges for each category included Britain’s Got Talent Winner ‘Lost Voice Guy’ and Sky News Presenter Saima Mohsin.

Amo said – ‘I’m in shock! I sat in a room full of incredibly inspirational people and was in awe of their efforts to ensure we live in an inclusive society. I’m so grateful to the judges who have raised my platform a little more to raise awareness of the potential of disabled people. Hopefully, this win will inspire future generations and ensure they believe in themselves when others simply do not.’

Amo has spent years championing the rights of disabled individuals and working tirelessly to create a more inclusive society. Under his leadership, the charity has significantly contributed to breaking down barriers, raising awareness, and promoting equal opportunities for disabled people across the country and beyond.

Amo’s work spans a range of areas, including social care, advocacy, policy development, and community engagement. Amo has played a pivotal role in spearheading initiatives that promote universal access to welfare rights, social care, mental well-being and in excess of 70 services spanning a career of 30 years. His expertise in income generation through social enterprise has ensured the charity is today almost self-sufficient.