Wendy Morrell is a passionate disability access advocate. She was first partnered with an assistance dog in 2000, some eleven years after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury, neck and facial injuries in a sporting accident. Having previously been both an active participant and keen sports fan it was only natural that Wendy wanted to enjoy the freedom and independence given to her by her assistance dog and attend sporting events once again. Thwarted by access refusals due to her assistance dog; Wendy became determined to change public perceptions of the value and abilities of assistance dogs, and the vital roles they play in people’s lives.
In 2005 Wendy published a pan European survey on Access and Customs pertaining to Assistance Dog Partners, in 2006 she won a scholarship to travel to two assistance dog conferences in San Diego, and became the European Vice President of an Assistance Dog Partner organisation for three years. About the same time, she was appointed as a member of The Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee in the UK and this brought her into contact with the organisers of London 2012. Wendy subsequently chaired a stakeholder group for assistance dog partners advising London 2012, and has become a regular speaker at assistance dog conferences held in the UK, Europe and United States, and was an Olympic Torchbearer accompanied by her dog, for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.
Wendy has spoken at the UK Parliament and the European Parliament on the benefits of assistance dog partnership; attended events at The House of Lords and along with Caesar, has been a guest at United States Senate, Washington D.C. on two occasions.
Oct: 2015 Wendy was awarded a bursary and gave a presentation at the 2nd C.A.F.E. (Centre for Access to Football in Europe) on the topic of "Access for Assistance Dog Partnerships to Sports Stadia"
Wendy has been an Independent Disability Advisor to the Metropolitan Police in London, since early 2011, with a keen interest in sporting events, crowd control, demonstrations, and incidents involving dogs. She currently advises two UK assistance dog charities on access matters, and runs an active stakeholder group of assistance dog partners in the UK.
Wendy has developed a wealth of knowledge in the field of diversity and inclusion; although a wheelchair user herself she also has a keen interest in hidden / invisible impairments.