Profoundly deaf Steven Mifsud, founder of Clearwater-based disability consultancy firm Direct Access has been awarded an MBE for services to International Trade in the United Kingdom Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours list.
In Florida, the Direct Access team delivers accessibility audits of premises for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) working with both public and private sector organizations. Over in the UK, Direct Access offers the very same services under the Equality Act 2010.
Steven has led Direct Access to international export success sharing innovation and expertise in creating accessible environments all around the world. Some recent highlights include:
• Leading on the implementation of Universal Design and accessibility standards for the world exposition Expo 2020 Dubai which followed the ADA design standard;
• Enabling organizations to achieve the vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai’s vision of an inclusive city drawing on the ADA;
• Launching an evacuation chair range designed by persons with disability with state-wide contracts in the United States and the Middle East that creates jobs for persons with disabilities in installation and servicing;
• Delivering presentations and training on best practices in accessibility across different industry sectors in Poland, Spain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
“I am absolutely shocked and delighted to be honored with an MBE. Ever since I left college, my career has been driven by a desire to make the world more inclusive for persons with disabilities. It has been great to share our expertise in working with the Americans with Disabilities Act standard with other countries who were very receptive to learning from both the American and British experiences in creating accessible environments and the legislation involved,” said Steven.