You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Shona Cobb: I would probably sort out the benefits system here in the UK as at the moment it causes disabled people a great deal of stress, often leading to mental health problems and even death linked to the process. The UN have even found that our government is not doing enough to support disabled people. Many of us are living off the bare minimum, barely leaving our homes or having to choose between food and having the heating on and that has to change.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Shona Cobb: My family of course mean the world to me but in terms of my passions, educating people on what it means to be disabled is something that is really important to me as I think a lot of change starts with people beginning to understand disability from the people who experience it, rather than through media stereotypes.
I would like to be ...
Shona Cobb: ...an author of a book (or several).
What else I wanted to say...
Shona Cobb: Don’t be afraid to speak up and use your voice.