Ella Blackwell, Trustee

Since moving to Manchester in 2019, I have been a secondary school teacher working in a special educational needs school. Prior to this, I graduated university with a degree in social psychology and then completed a PGCE with a specialism in SEND.

I started my career teaching in Deaf Schools as a Teacher of the Deaf. Since then, I have achieved Level 3 in British Sign Language and hold qualifications in Unified English Braille, in order to help me communicate better with the people I work with. I really enjoy working with young people and have a passion for enabling access and increasing opportunities for people with special needs and disabilities in order for them to live fulfilled lives.

I wanted to become involved with Ordinary Lifestyles to pursue my interest in improving the opportunities available to young people after they leave the safety blanket of school. I feel that the values of Ordinary Lifestyles are aligned with my own and I am excited to be able to contribute to their mission of supporting individuals to have choices and control over their lives.