A former Fixer campaigner was announced one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK last night.
Jess Starns, 28, founder of Dyspraxic Me, a peer support group for young people aged 16-25 with dyspraxia, was included on The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List in its annual publication.
'It was great being in a room full of lots of people doing great things,' said Jess. 'I feel honoured to be on the Disability Power 100 list and it’s great that my hard work has been recognised.'
After receiving 700 nominations, the 100 places were finalised by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE.
Nick Bell, Interim Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, said: ‘Congratulations to Jess Starns. The judges were beyond impressed by the standard of nominations but selected the most influential people who are proving that disability or impairment is not a barrier to success.
‘One of our aims for the Disability Power 100 list is to demonstrate to young people that they can achieve their ambitions.’
Jess set up Dyspraxic Me in 2013 when she couldn't find any suitable support for young adults with dyspraxia.
Inspired by personal experience, Jess teamed up with Fixers in 2013 to create informative resources and offer practical advice to other young adults with dyspraxia.
Since then, Jess has worked relentlessly to secure great speakers for free monthly workshops in London.
Her hard work also means others have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills including cooking, sports, ballet, vlogging, and training to develop social skills.
Jess’ work has previously been recognised by Downing Street and received a Points of Light Award.
The full Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be found on www.disabilitypower100.com.
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