Ph.D Student, Writer, Activist, Disability Equality Trainer
Josh Hepple is a Ph.D student who has severe cerebral palsy. His impairment affects his speech and mobility and he relies on personal assistants 24/7. This website is about his journalism and equality training. He loves his cockapoo, Jake.
The prejudice that Josh has faced has given him great empathy for marginalised groups; especially disabled and LGBT people.
Josh has been a theatre reviewer and an equality trainer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for many years. His Equality Training sessions are based on the social model of disability. Find out more about his Training here.
His clients have included Lloyds Bank, Apple, the Pleasance Theatre Trust, Brighton Dome, London Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Summerhall Edinburgh.
Josh has contributed to various online news sources as a freelance commentator. His unique account in the Guardian of his experiences using Grindr received substantial media attention. He collaborated with Jon Bradfield and adapted this into a play. This was shortlisted for the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize out of 1,504 entries.
He also lectures on disability and equality law, has taught at King's College London and regularly delivers classes on disability and social work law at Goldsmith's. He is a trustee of Central London Samaritans.
Josh studied at Stirling and graduated with a 2:1 (LLB). During this time he was the LGBT and Disabled Students’ Officer while also helping to run the Amnesty International student society.
After completing his LLB he moved to London to do the conversion (GDL) and professional (LPC) courses in Law. Whilst studying, Josh volunteered with many human rights organisations including Amnesty International and the Human Dignity Trust.
Josh completed his LLM in Legal Practice and is currently at Middlesex University, studying towards a Ph.D examining same-sex activity and international human rights law.
How well do you know disability equality?
Some questions to consider
1. What’s the difference between a disability and an impairment?
2. A customer with a speech pattern you cannot understand (such as Josh’s) comes up to you before a performance starts and you cannot understand him. What do you do?
3a. You hear someone making involuntary noises during a performance, what do you do?
3b. A customer complains about the noises, what do you do?