Steven Mifsud, the profoundly deaf founder, and director of
Direct Access will see his dulcet tones broadcast to millions as he lends his
voice to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics, which begins today in Tokyo.
His voice will be utilized in the opening ceremony’s combination of imagery and audio-visuals. In addition, Steven will be on call for the duration of the Paralympics as new content is developed, excited for his voice to be broadcast to millions.
“Getting to play a key part in one of the world’s most important cultural events for people with disabilities and by extension, our visibility in society, could not come without stimulating reflection for where Direct Access began”, explained Steven. “Since our humble beginnings in 2004 as an access consultancy, never would we have predicted this momentous occasion”.
Beginning simply as a start-up bedroom business, our expertise, and services over the two subsequent decades steadily branched beyond advising on the physical structure of facilities, to now include the installation of aids and original products designed for the physical and social benefit of people with disabilities everywhere.
“At Direct Access, we believe that people with disabilities, if their unique and individual needs are met, are as capable of achieving anything a non-disabled person can”, says Director of Strategic Partnerships, Steve Dering. “As we get to witness an expansion of disabled people in mainstream culture after centuries of alienation and exclusion, Steven’s role in the Paralympic games, in addition to his inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to International Trade back in June, does little but confirm our philosophy, as our consultancy has grown largely on the confidence of our expertise as a disability-led company. We cannot help but see today as not only a victory for Direct Access but for people with disabilities everywhere who believe they are somehow inferior or incapable of achieving great things.”