Sir Bert Massie's autobiography 'A Life Without Limits' is now available. Sir Bert Massie was a key figure in the Disability Rights movement and a longstanding supporter and Trustee of Local Solutions. The autobiography tells the story of his life in Liverpool, the prejudice he faced due to his disability and his journey as a disability rights activist. The book tells his incredible story and was completed by his wife Maureen and friends after his death in October 2017.
The text on the back of the book provides an overview of Sir Bert's story:
"Severely disabled after contracting polio as a baby in working class Liverpool, Bert Massie found himself wondering as a boy why disabled people were expected to adapt to the world around them, and not the other way round. In his teens he began to campaign for rights for disabled people, and having battled his way through prejudice and the education system to become a Bachelor of Arts and a qualified social worker, he became a prominent figure in the fight for fair treatment for disabled people leading to the ground breaking Disability Discrimination Act. He went on to serve as Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission and became a founding commissioner of the subsequent Equality and Human Rights Commission. His extraordinary achievements were recognised by the award of an OBE, then a CBE and finally, in 2007, a knighthood. This is his remarkable and engaging story, completed by his wife Maureen and friends after his death in October 2017."
Thanks to the generosity of Sir Bert Massie and his family, proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the work of Local Solutions. The book is available from online bookshops and the audio version is available from the RNIB website.
To read a blog by David Ellis on the recent House of Lords Reception remembering Sir Bert Massie please click here.