Disability writer, campaigner and Leeds Trinity alumna Chloe Tear has been announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK.
For the second year running, 21-year-old Chloe was named in The Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100, an annual publication featuring 100 of the UK's most influential disabled people.
She was featured in the list for her work around raising awareness and changing public attitudes towards disability. She has mild Cerebral Palsy and is registered as partially sighted, after losing her sight at the age of 18, and stives to write honest but humourous content to raise awareness of her disabilities.
Over the past six years, she has: written her award-winning blog Life as a Cerebral Palsy student; volunteered with national disability charity Scope and worked as an Assistant Coordinator for CP Teens UK; written for 70 publicatons; delivered presentations to health professionals and parents whose children have Cerebral Palsy; run Scope Role Model sessions in schools; sat on national panels about access within higher education; been involved with national campaigns for Scope and RNIB; and, with the help of her local MP Greg Mulholland, was successful in getting issues surrounding disability hate crime mentioned in Parliament.
Chloe received her award at the House of Lords on Tuesday 8 October.
"I cannot believe it!" said Chloe. "To be named one of the most influential disabled people in Britain is a huge title, and to have done this two years in a row is just very surreal.
"Having a disability can make things challenging, yet I am so fortunate to be able to use my experiences to raise awareness and to make others feel less alone."
Chloe studied Psychology and Child Development at Leeds Trinity University from 2016-2019, graduating this summer with a first-class honour's degree. During her time at Leeds Trinity, Chloe took on the role of Disabilities Officer in the Students' Union; engaging in projects for Disability History Month and securing funding for assistive technology.
Since graduating this summer, Chloe works for Scope, in the role of Online Community Officer, supporting and advising disabled people and their families through Scope's online forum. She is also pursuing a freelance career in writing and continues to be pivotal within the disabled community.
Brett Arnall, Alumni Relations Officer at Leeds Trinity University, said: "We are delighted to see that Chloe has been named once again in the Disability Power List for 2019. She is an inspirational individual who works exceptionally hard to raise awareness of her disabilities to support others. We are looking forward to following her journey as a member of our alumni community and we are sure she will go on to achieve even greater success."
Nearly 200 nominations were received for the Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100, which is compiled by an independent judging panel. See the full Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100.
Read more about Chloe Tear on her website.