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Jono Lancaster is an inspirational speaker on equality and mental health

Jono Lancaster was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, that causes facial differences. Treacher Collins syndrome is said to affect 1 in 50,000 people. Jono’s birth parents left him at the hospital, but he was formally adopted by his mum, Jean, at the age of five. Living with a positive and protective mother Jono enjoyed primary school and felt comfortable both at home and in public. Upon moving to high school, however, things changed for Jono as fellow pupils began to pick on him for his facial differences. He became more withdrawn and his social life suffered as a result. He shared one example with us of where he really struggled as a teenager.

“Having a haircut was one of the hardest things that I had to do as a teenager. My mum would always say, ‘Jonathan, your hair’s getting too long, you need to go to the hairdresser’s’. The reason I was scared of going to the hairdressers is because my local hairdresser had one seat in the middle of the hairdressers. All the rest of the seats stood around the outside. You would have to sit in the middle in front of this giant mirror and have your hair cut while everybody else watched. I found it so humiliating.

Jono has written a book on his story – Not All Heroes Wear Capes. 

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With a driving determination and the help of others Jono Lancaster has learnt to control the anxiety he felt in his younger years to become a well-respected author, presenter and public speaker. He is now more comfortable in himself and uses his experience and story to influence others and make facial differences more widely accepted.

Jono Lancaster works across the world to help those with facial differences be more accepting of themselves. Using his experiences to guide others on how to embrace their differences is a constant goal for Jono. Whilst he acknowledges things are changing he feels that mainstream culture could be doing more to help acceptance and equality for those with facial differences.

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Diversity & Inclusion
Mental Health
Overcoming Adversity

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